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THE SIDELINES : Bears Rookie Off Drug Probation

<i> From Times Wire Services</i>

A judge released Chicago Bears rookie running back Johnny Bailey from the final 10 months of his probation today in a brief courtroom appearance.

Bailey, the Bears’ ninth-round draft pick from Texas A&I;, was placed on probation in 1986 after an arrest for possession of a controlled substance.

He faced possible arrest earlier this month for failure to pay about $1,400 in probation fines until his attorney paid the fines Aug. 22.

His probation was supposed to extend through June.

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