Bears' Webb faces drug charges

Bears left tackle J'Marcus Webb is facing drug charges in downstate Pulaski County after he was arrested this weekend, according to KFVS-TV.

Webb, 24, has started every game for the past two seasons for the Bears and has appeared in 46 games overall since being selected in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL draft. He won the Brian Piccolo Award in 2010 as the Bears' rookie who most exemplified the "courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor of the late Brian Piccolo," according to the team.

On Sunday, according to KFVS-TV, Webb was arrested by a Pulaski County sheriff's deputy. Webb is charged with possession of a controlled substance, cannabis and paraphernalia.

Webb was released from custody Monday after posting $500 of his $5,000 bond, according to KFVS-TV. His next court date is in March.

The Bears issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

“We are aware of the recent arrest of J’Marcus Webb in Pulaski County, Illinois. We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the arrest."

Webb's arrest marks the first off-field controversy for new head coach Marc Trestman and his staff. Trestman has avoided commenting specifically on most players, including Webb, since he was hired Jan. 16 to help overhaul an inconsistent offense.

Webb is under contract through the 2013 season.

-Tom Musick

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