Colt Lyerla Injury: Updates on Free Agent TE's Knee and Return

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Colt Lyerla Injury: Updates on Free Agent TE's Knee and Return
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Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26

Tyler Dunne of The Journal Sentinel reported on Colt Lyerla's status in Green Bay:

The Green Bay Packers reached an injury settlement with Colt Lyerla Tuesday, waiving him off of injured reserve.

He may not be done in Green Bay, but now his future is very uncertain.

The settlement will pay Lyerla for eight weeks, agent Vinnie Porter indicated, and he could return to Green Bay after Week 14. Per league rules, a player cannot return to his original team until six weeks after the settlement. So, theoretically, Lyerla could be back with the Packers after Week 14.

 

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported on Colt Lyerla following his injury:

 

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14

Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel reported on Colt Lyerla's injured knee:

Rookie free agent Colt Lyerla, who is out indefinitely with a torn medial collateral ligament and a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, was asked if he'd like to return as a fullback rather than a tight end.

"I wouldn't want to be, but I think I could be," replied Lyerla. "I guess it would depend on the offense."

(...)

After thinking it over for a few minutes, he said, "I guess I want to retract my initial statement. That wouldn't be such a bad idea."

 

Updates from Monday, Aug. 4

Paul Imig of FOX Sports reports on an early estimate for how long Colt Lyerla will be out of action and what exactly is ailing the rookie: 

 

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Green Bay Packers tight end Colt Lyerla suffered a leg injury during a Family Night practice Sunday.

Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com has more on Lyerla's status:

Lyerla wouldn't specify his exact injury, but he had crutches in his locker. He would only call it a leg injury and when he was not using the crutches, he walked slowly and with a limp. The injury occurred on one of Lyerla's biggest—and perhaps most unwise—plays of training camp. 

After he caught a pass from Matt Flynn, Lyerla hurdled cornerback Jumal Rolle and got drilled by cornerback Jarrett Bush before he hit the ground. 

'I was just trying to make a play,' Lyerla said. 

Lyerla, 21, always had a tall task ahead of him entering training camp with Green Bay. The talented tight end with a checkered past left Oregon midseason in 2013 and went undrafted in 2014, signing with the Packers in May. He came into camp fighting tooth and nail just to make the team.     

Getting injured won't help his cause.

The knock couldn't come at a worse time for Lyerla, who appeared to finally be turning a corner in camp on Friday, according to Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin:

For the first time in training camp, Colt Lyerla made a good impression. The undrafted rookie had two touchdown receptions, the first of which came when he turned just in time and had a 'look what I found' moment. To make that catch showed a few of the traits that once had Lyerla as a top prospect.

'He's been away from it for a while, but he's done a great job physically getting himself ready for this,' [coach Mike] McCarthy said of Lyerla. 'I think he's in excellent shape. He's a young guy that needs reps, like a lot of rookies. I'm sure the time off didn't help him.'

Lyerla is currently battling with Richard Rodgers, Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick and Ryan Taylor just to make the team, so a lengthy absence due to injury would almost assuredly put his chances in jeopardy. 

Still, there's no doubting his talent. While he never lived up to his potential at Oregon, he did manage to haul in 11 touchdown receptions in 2011 and 2012 despite finishing with just 32 receptions for 539 yards (an impressive 16.8 yards per catch) during that time. 

He barely made an impact in 2013, however, missing one game due to an illness that caused a public spat between he and coach Mark Helfrich and missing another due to a suspension. 

In the NFL, he has the opportunity to start fresh, and there's always the chance he'll be given a shot with another team if he can't hang on with the Packers. The NFL is a cold business at times, though, and this latest injury won't make things any easier for Lyerla in his attempt to prove his worth in Green Bay.

 

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