Less than a week before the start of his federal drug trial, former Chicago Bear Sam Hurd is preparing a guilty plea to his drug conspiracy charge, one of his lawyers said Tuesday.

“A plea of guilty is in the works,” Jay Ethington, Hurd’s Dallas-based attorney, told the Tribune. A rearraignment is scheduled for Thursday in Dallas federal court.

Ethington deferred further comment to Hurd’s lead attorney, Mike McCrum, who did not immediately return a message.

Hurd’s trial is still scheduled for Monday in Dallas. The former Northern Illinois receiver, currently in prison, is charged with drug conspiracy, accused of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana beginning in July 2011 and continuing through June 6, 2012.

A U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman would not comment on a potential plea. Last month, the government filed a revised indictment that broadened and streamlined its case that he was trying to set up a massive drug network, charging him with one federal drug count instead of six.

Hurd faces a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine.

Hurd first was arrested in December 2011 outside a Chicago-area steakhouse after allegedly telling undercover federal agents he wanted to buy 5 to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana weekly to distribute. After accepting a kilogram of cocaine, he was arrested outside. The Bears later cut him.