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Packers waive-injured Colt Lyerla

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Tight end Colt Lyerla won’t get a chance to play for the Packers during the 2014 season, but it sounds like they saw enough of him to know that they’d like to see what he can do next year.

Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports that Lyerla said on Tuesday that the team told him that they will be waiving him off the 90-man roster. Lyerla is suffering from a knee injury and the tight end said that the Packers have told him that they want him to spend the year on injured reserve rather than take an injury settlement and become a free agent.

That would depend on whether or not Lyerla clears waivers, of course. That’s well short of guaranteed given the history of teams claiming players that their original teams were trying to stash on injured reserve. Lyerla, who is recovering from a torn MCL and PCL, would seem to be a candidate for such treatment given the impressive athletic ability he showed at Oregon before he left the team in October 2013. Lyerla was arrested a short time later for cocaine possession.

With Lyerla out of the picture, Andrew Quarless, Richard Rodgers and the currently injured Brandon Bostick look like the top choices at tight end for the Packers this season.

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  1. bbourne0 says: Aug 19, 2014 4:31 PM

    I’d laugh if the Patriots decided to do their thing and claim the highly athletic “move” tight end with questionable character issues.

  2. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 19, 2014 4:32 PM

    Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

    This is not a shooting, lawsuit, DUI or drug suspension. Just good, wholesome, championship level football.

    The Green Bay Packers.

    Better football for better people.

  3. pftfan says: Aug 19, 2014 4:33 PM

    Remember when everyone here was waiving their arms over how shrewd this pickup was for Green Bay?

    Just wait till Belichick scoops him up. It’ll be the same thing all over again, and when he gets waived a couple of weeks later, we’ll all forget again..

  4. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 19, 2014 4:36 PM

    Invest in a map of Boston.

  5. ariani1985 says: Aug 19, 2014 4:38 PM

    Easily the worst group of TEs in the NFL!

  6. buds4grant says: Aug 19, 2014 4:40 PM

    Good luck. Get healthy, stay clean and stay out or trouble.

  7. deltaoracle says: Aug 19, 2014 4:41 PM

    He has a world of promise, but had been very inconsistent up until being hurt. Trying to hurdle a DB in a no-tackling practice didn’t say a lot for his judgment, but then his judgment was known to be shaky.
    Hoping Bostick’s injury isn’t serious. He was looking like the overall best TE, although Rodgers has flashed promise.

    On the subject of waivers, it’ll be interesting to see how many players cut by the “only one good player” Packers are claimed by other teams compared to the number cut by Team Heidi, which as we all know is stocked with All Pros from top to bottom.

  8. arianil985 says: Aug 19, 2014 4:43 PM

    Send him to Minneapocalypse so he can replace rudolph.

  9. dethsupport says: Aug 19, 2014 4:43 PM

    But he has such potential!

  10. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 19, 2014 4:44 PM

    It’s a shame. Tremendous talent and working to turn his life around. Get well, Colt, and we’ll see you next year.

  11. thepftpoet says: Aug 19, 2014 4:47 PM

    The Packers offensive depth this year is terrible.

    There’s nothing positive to look for this year, Packer fans.

    Trent Richardson 2.0 at Running Back.

    An injury prone QB and WR’s.

    One of the worst offensive lines in the NFL.

    All topped off with one of the worst defenses in the NFL, with the same terrible coordinator in Dom Capers.

    Let me reiterate.

    There’s nothing to look forward to this year, except the 2015 NFL Draft.

    Oh wait… Your GM’s Ted Thompson, so he would draft another bust.

    So I guess there isn’t anything to look forward too.

  12. bassplucker says: Aug 19, 2014 4:50 PM

    Blessing in disguise for the Pack. This kid has talent but comes with a TRUCKLOAD of character issues/concerns. If he’s gonna act out, at least he’ll be doing it without taking up a spot on the 53. And if he does, the Packers will know sooner than later and can cut bait before having committed too much to him long-term.

  13. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 19, 2014 4:53 PM

    Big Pack fan here. Sorry to see this guy go, but he just couldn’t keep healthy. Maybe the Vike’s need him haha!

    GO PACK!!

    >

  14. ariani1985 says: Aug 19, 2014 4:55 PM

    Just this spring all your cheese trolls were anointing her the greatest TE to EVER play the game!!!!! You cheese trolls are pathetic!!!

  15. revelation123 says: Aug 19, 2014 4:57 PM

    Good move by the Packers all around. Nobody but the most desperate team are going to take a chance on him. If he gets in trouble in the next year, he won’t be a Packer. If he doesn’t, he already has his foot in the door with an offseason of practicing the playbook in Green Bay.

  16. boiler72 says: Aug 19, 2014 5:06 PM

    ariani1985 says: Aug 19, 2014 4:55 PM

    Just this spring all your cheese trolls were anointing her the greatest TE to EVER play the game!!!!! You cheese trolls are pathetic!!!
    _________________________________

    Right. I live in Chicago and well … you sure as hell don’t. You remind me of every idiot Bears fan who calls the signing of Santonio Holmes to be the second coming of Ditka, when the whole thing is nothing but yet another feeble desperation attempt to catch the Packers. You haven’t beaten the Packers in a game that mattered, since the season finale of 1983. Look it up. Same old Bears fans. Still sniffing their dirty Underoos from 1985, lol.

  17. filthymcfunny1 says: Aug 19, 2014 5:06 PM

    Stay classy greenbay they don’t care when their players break there necks,so knee injurys don’t meen squat to NFL’s charity case!

  18. atthemurph says: Aug 19, 2014 5:07 PM

    Kid has talent but he isn’t going to play for anyone this year. He’ll make it through waivers and end up on GBs IR and come back next year and be an HB/TE/FB.

  19. goodknave says: Aug 19, 2014 5:07 PM

    So long, Colt!
    You’ll be in jail next year at this time, so I hope you enjoyed your last chance.

  20. codythao35 says: Aug 19, 2014 5:08 PM

    The cheese heads just realized they got another busted player on the roster and decided to cut him. I already knew that long time before he was on the roster. Matter of fact, all of the 90 players on the roster are busted. Face the fact Packers fans. This is why clowns in little town WI need to stay in school when they reach 34 years old. (Pepper)
    9-7 at best this year.

    Bridgewater>any busted player on Packers roster.

  21. purpleguy says: Aug 19, 2014 5:08 PM

    It’s doubtful anyone will pick up a guy on waivers that, amongst a whole host of other shady acts, also mocked the massacre of a bunch of grade schoolers.

  22. bridgeh2o says: Aug 19, 2014 5:10 PM

    Another colossal failure by Ted Thompson…….another bone in the graveyard, pack fans.

    Viking fans vote Ted Thompson as MVP for the NFC North this year, as all of us gain,well,except if you are packer fan.

    Unfortunately, this guy won’t get to enjoy a 1st round,one and done season.

    He will gladly wait to do that in 2015!!!!!

  23. codythao35 says: Aug 19, 2014 5:10 PM

    Packers are known for character issue players. Just ask Darren Sharper. LOL!!!!!

  24. firerogergoodell says: Aug 19, 2014 5:11 PM

    *cough*STEROIDS*cough*

  25. theblackrook says: Aug 19, 2014 5:11 PM

    He’ll be in packers camp next year

  26. sfsugator says: Aug 19, 2014 5:13 PM

    Eagles will pick him up if possible. Fact. One of Chips home boys.

  27. pftisfulloftrolls says: Aug 19, 2014 5:19 PM

    tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 19, 2014 4:32 PM
    Better football for better people.
    —————————————————————
    You really sling that slogan. Packers fans aren’t better than the fans of any other team,regardless of how successful your franchise is.

  28. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 19, 2014 5:21 PM

    This is not a shooting, lawsuit, DUI or drug suspension.
    ___

    Given his history, it might soon be.

  29. boomboombrown says: Aug 19, 2014 5:25 PM

    The injuries to the soft Packers continue. Ha!

  30. jimmysee says: Aug 19, 2014 5:31 PM

    Who’s going to sign a guy who can’t play!?

    How can he not clear waivers?

  31. uwsptke says: Aug 19, 2014 5:31 PM

    Normally we’d all assume the Pats would make a claim, but given the fact that he made some really, really stupid comments after the Newton, CT school shooting and I’d have to think they’d pass.

  32. arrowtoyourknee says: Aug 19, 2014 5:32 PM

    tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 19, 2014 4:32 PM

    Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

    This is not a shooting, lawsuit, DUI or drug suspension. Just good, wholesome, championship level football.

    The Green Bay Packers.

    Better football for better people.

    —————————————-

    Did you even pat yourself on the back for coming up with that clever little slogan? Careful… or you’ll pull something, and end up on IR like the rest of that team.

  33. pkrlvr says: Aug 19, 2014 5:33 PM

    Looks like Ariani’s got some new alias’. Keep up the good work troll. Not sure how this is a bust as A. he was undrafted, and B. He got hurt, not a performance related benching. Keep trying though.

  34. clarencewhorley says: Aug 19, 2014 5:37 PM

    He was available for anyone for days after the draft. I and many Pats fans hoped Bill would bring him in. He has a TON of talent but the Pats passed on him in both the draft and as. UFA. I again hope they claim him but I don’t think they will although knowing he is hurt till next year it’s worth it to spend a year with him

  35. claymatthewscromagnonforehead says: Aug 19, 2014 5:40 PM

    I remember when he was signed and the Packer faithful on PFT were ready to proclaim him the steal of undrafted free agency and a Future Hall of Famer.

    Well, guess that didn’t work out, eh fellas?

  36. arianil985 says: Aug 19, 2014 5:41 PM

    Just this spring all of our lutefisk trolls were anointing her the greatest TE to EVER play the game!!!!! We lutefisk trolls are pathetic!!!

  37. themagicfanguy says: Aug 19, 2014 5:50 PM

    The Packers are better at every single part of the game than the terrible vikings. Better QB, better RB(and we have more than one), WAY better WRs, oh and that ‘soft’ defense? Still miles ahead of the queens defense(check the rankings) lmao. Have fun spending ANOTHER season at the bottom of the division Vikings, it’s pretty sad that you can actually make the Lions look like a good team.

  38. grubbyolebowski says: Aug 19, 2014 6:03 PM

    **
    The Packers offensive depth this year is stacked.

    There are so many positives to look for this year, Packer fans.

    Eddy Lacy OROY Running Back.

    An MVP QB and WR’s.

    One of the best offensive lines in the NFL.

    All topped off with a much improved defense thanks to a great coordinator in Dom Capers.

    Let me reiterate.

    There is so much to look forward to this year.
    **

    Fixed it for ya there Mr Poet.

  39. Norseman says: Aug 19, 2014 6:07 PM

    Packers have been losing receiver talent the last few years now. They really don’t have a good TE right now.

    Outside of Nelson (who isn’t getting any younger) and Cobb, both of whom have injury concerns, there really isn’t much there.

    That just puts more pressure on Rodgers to make up for the declining receiver talent, in addition to the mediocre offensive line.

    There’s a lot to be said for blitzing Rodgers a lot this year with press-man coverage. The up-tempo, no-huddle offensive will slow down quite a bit when they have to scrape Rodgers off the turf every passing play.

  40. axespray says: Aug 19, 2014 6:07 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Aug 19, 2014 4:38 PM
    Easily the worst group of TEs in the NFL!
    ———————————-
    Let me know if Rudolph has more 300 yards receiving this year…. lol @ spielman overpaying (at best) “role players”…. fail.

  41. greenbay4ever says: Aug 19, 2014 6:19 PM

    Hey thepftpoet,

    Your team is the expert on Busts. that is why you still don’t have a franchise QB. Teddy Bustwater is not the answer but I love how each year you think you have hit pay dirt. Your delusional

    Packers 4 Super Bowls
    Vikings 0.

  42. milkcan44 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:21 PM

    If they wanted to keep him, surprised they wouldn’t release him on one of the big cutdown days when there’s a flood of players on the market.

  43. gforce4all says: Aug 19, 2014 6:22 PM

    So they’re choices are Andrew Catchless,a lame duck and a rookie.God help us.

  44. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 19, 2014 6:27 PM

    Anyone who thinks Andrew Quarless or Richard Rodgers is better than Kyle Rudolph doesn’t know anything about football, and yet they continue to spout their mouths anyway.

  45. revren10 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:43 PM

    New England will take a look at him. We love the outlaw mentality

  46. hyzers says: Aug 19, 2014 6:48 PM

    Sorry to see him hurt, I was actually a little worried when the Packers signed this guy. If he can keep his nose clean (lol) he should be a force for the Packers when gets healthy.

  47. grabgrabgrab says: Aug 19, 2014 6:59 PM

    Better football for better people.

    AMEN brother!!!

  48. cribbage12 says: Aug 19, 2014 7:08 PM

    Another logical move by TT and the Pack. Has the upside of Ebron and is athletically gifted. Just didn’t have soft hands carryover since he last played in college. He’ll get them back. If he clears waivers and gets onto the PS he’ll be around his teammates all year and will grow in innumerable positive ways and come back strong and ready in ’15. In an odd sort of way this makes good sense for the Packers.

    Now he gets one chance or he’s gone. Make the most of it Colt. You’re with the best of the best in GB.

  49. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 19, 2014 7:26 PM

    Who’s going to sign a guy who can’t play!?

    ????????????????????????????????????????

    Vikings, they have an entire roster of these guys!

  50. lionsnati0n says: Aug 19, 2014 7:27 PM

    Pack ready to pass the torch to the Lions this season? You know its coming!

  51. scrotiemcb says: Aug 19, 2014 7:33 PM

    Couldn’t happen to a better guy.

  52. frellmedead7 says: Aug 19, 2014 7:38 PM

    Too bad. I think this guy has a lot of potential, and Green Bay is the perfect organization to help him stay out of trouble and develop.

  53. codythao35 says: Aug 19, 2014 7:43 PM

    It’s never good when you have 2 peewee Rodgers on the Packers roster. It’s a cursed, that’s why they will never win Super Bowl. Watch Vikings taking the North starting this year. Let me know when Jan. comes around if Vikings are not in the play off.

  54. codythao35 says: Aug 19, 2014 7:45 PM

    It’s never good when you have 2 peewee Rodgers on the Packers roster. It’s a cursed, that’s why they will never win Super Bowl. Watch Vikings taking the North starting this year. Let me know when Jan. comes around if Vikings are not in the play off.

    Bridgewater>the whole busted Packers 90 man roster any time any day like it or not.

  55. dcviking says: Aug 19, 2014 7:46 PM

    You can’t tell is related to criminal behavior or anything illegal or immoral, the small town cops in that area have no problem covering or sweeping things under the rug, and with no major news sources over there, the inmates rule the asylum.

  56. stellarperformance says: Aug 19, 2014 8:00 PM

    The injuries are mounting for the Packers……again. Injuries are the only reason the Packers haven’t won the SuperBowl the last four years in a row. In fact, the remaining North Division teams all have altars with voodoo dolls of Packer players, with pins sticking out of them. Those teams, especially the Vikings, know that injuries to Packer players is their best chance at relevancy. They know it. We know it. And despite that fact being spoken out loud, the Packers still own the division…..especially the Vikings.

  57. jrmbadger says: Aug 19, 2014 8:03 PM

    @ Norseman – perhaps you haven’t heard of Jarrett Boykin? As the Packers #3 receiver he finished just behind Jerome Simpson – the Viking’s #2 leading receiver in yards (680).

    The Packers also drafted Davante Adams and have Jeff Janis.

    Rodgers will find a #3. Not a problem.

    You note blitzing Rodgers….
    First, that’d be a mistake. Rodgers is one of the best at blitz pickup and recognition. One NFL defensive coordinator who was speaking anonymously said that you just can’t fool him – he’s too smart. He has an insanely high QB rating against the blitz. Before he broke his collarbone last year he had a 104.5 rating against the blitz. Go ahead. Please do so.

    Second, with the addition of Eddie Lacey, that play action is going to prevent most blitzes except on third and long.

    Finally, the no-huddle is great against the blitz. It keeps the defense from substituting in the pass rushers on third downs and it keeps the pass rushers that are on the field tired out.

  58. frellmedead7 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:04 PM

    @deltaoracle: I’ll give Lyerla a pass on this lapse of judgment since he was trying to make an impressive play while struggling to make the team. As for it being a non-tackling drill, the injury really occurred in part because while Lyerla was in the air, he was hit by Jarret Bush (according to previous articles). So, if there was a lapse in judgment on the part of Lyerla, there was a lapse in judgment on the part of Jarrett Bush as well, which is par on course for him.

  59. frellmedead7 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:06 PM

    @lionsnation: Well, the Packers all but gift-wrapped the torch to the Lions last season, but the Lions fumbled it right back.

  60. lionsnati0n says: Aug 19, 2014 8:07 PM

    dvciking there whole society is like one big party boat :)

  61. dcviking says: Aug 19, 2014 8:41 PM

    North Division teams all have altars with voodoo dolls of Packer players, with pins sticking out of them.

    ——————

    With brilliant insight like this, I understand why Packer fans proclaim themselves to be the smartest in the NFL….

  62. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 19, 2014 8:49 PM

    codythao35 says:
    Aug 19, 2014 7:43 PM

    It’s never good when you have 2 peewee Rodgers on the Packers roster. It’s a cursed, that’s why they will never win Super Bowl. Watch Vikings taking the North starting this year. Let me know when Jan. comes around if Vikings are not in the play off

    Kids, reason #1 to stay in school! #2 do it outside minnesota.

  63. icdogg says: Aug 20, 2014 7:41 PM

    Considering how many Oregon players Chip Kelly has been accumulating as backups for the Eagles, I wouldn’t be shocked if they put in a claim.

  64. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 22, 2014 11:22 AM

    No one claimed him. Packers property for another year.

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