Shocked Toub must replace 'valuable' Hurd

December, 16, 2011
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- News of Sam Hurd's arrest on federal drug charges blindsided Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub, who made a strong push in the offseason for the organization to sign the former Dallas Cowboys special teams standout in free agency.

"We're all in a state of shock right now," Toub said after Thursday's practice.

Toub's interest in Hurd on the open market was due to the wide receiver recording 72 special teams tackles over five seasons with the Cowboys. Through 13 games this season, Hurd has eight special teams tackles and a forced fumble.

"He's been very valuable. He's been a four-phase starter for us," Toub said. "He's been the personal protect on punt team. He's been the captain of our punt team. It's going to take a little bit to replace him. We're all shocked, let's leave it at that."

Toub refused to tip his hand as to which exact player replaces Hurd on Sunday against Seattle, saying simply "it will be the next man up."

Just as in Dallas, Hurd's role on offense has been extremely limited. He has eight receptions for 108 yards.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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