Knee injury will keep Colt Lyerla out for “weeks”


Tight end Colt Lyerla’s college career came to an abrupt end last year when he was arrested on drug charges, but the Packers decided to take a flyer that his on-field talent could overcome his off-field red flags.

He may have to wait until 2015 to make that case. Lyerla injured his knee during Saturday night’s practice at Lambeau Field when he was hit by Jarrett Bush after hurdling Jumal Rolle and coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that the rookie would be out for “weeks” while he’s recovering.

“I was just trying to make the most of my opportunity and I got a shot, I got a pass, caught it and had the adrenaline and tried to show a little bit of my athleticism,” Lyerla said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Missing a few weeks at this point is going to make it almost impossible for Lyerla to make the team out of training camp. They drafted Richard Rodgers in May to go with Andrew Quarless, Ryan Taylor and Brandon Bostick. That likely will leave the Packers with the choice of waiting to stash him on injured reserve or waiving him injured and running the risk of losing him to another team’s waiver claim and it will be a long wait for Lyerla, who hasn’t played a game since early October in 2013, to fully resume his playing career.

20 responses to “Knee injury will keep Colt Lyerla out for “weeks”

  1. I guess we’ll have to put a hold on that order for a Hall of Fame bust. The worst thing about this is that now we have to listen to Packer fans tell us how great he’s going to be for another year.

  2. had high hopes for this kid despite his character and off the field issues….

    oh well…GB has 4 other TEs

  3. Hopefully, it’s not season-ending, but it will make it that much harder for him to make the team even if it’s not. It sounds like Rodgers (TE) has been having a great camp anyway, and if Quarless can step it up a little, the Packers should be just fine without him.

    And even with one bad leg and never having played a down in the NFL, he’s still better than anything they have over there on the wrong side of the Mississippi.

  4. Are you kidding me? Why is this team snakebit with multiple injuries every year?
    It’s the cheese.

    But sorry to hear it. I was pulling for the kid.

  5. I wouldn’t wish injuries on anyone, even this guy — but man does he have a disgusting past.

  6. Tons of potential, but there was no way he was making the team with his performance to date. I never want to see a kid get hurt, but IR would be the best place for him now. It’d give him a full year to learn the system, grow up a bit more and prepare to showcase his talents next year.

  7. longhairdontcare66 says:
    Aug 5, 2014 10:34 AM
    I hope he heals up- off the field issues aside his playing style really reminded me of Aaron Hernandez
    Not sure I feel comfortable with any Aaron Hernandez comparisons.

  8. Well that is to bad, he was looking pretty good in practice and it sounded like he was making a good impression.

    To echo an earlier post, here is hoping he at least lands a spot on the teams PUP, IR or practice squad.

    He is a great athlete with loads of potential and a higher ceiling than some of the other guys on the roster right now.

  9. He was not going to start this year, as others have said he was not having a great camp… The sky is still the limit with Colt, however he was not in shape when he arrived and needs a year to firm up his reputation before he plays any regular season games.

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