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Colt Lyerla found day after escaping jail, treated for drug overdose

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Former Packers tight end Colt Lyerla was captured on Friday morning after escaping from jail on Thursday afternoon.

Lyerla, who had been in an Oregon minimum-security facility on drug and forgery charges, was found to be the only inmate missing after an alarm went off at 4:55 p.m. on Thursday. On Friday, police responded to a call at 11:15 a.m. of a man overdosing on drugs. It was Lyerla, who attempted to flee when police arrived but was captured and taken to a hospital for treatment.

At one point in his career at Oregon, Lyerla showed so much promise that he was discussed as a potential first-round draft pick. But he had a series of off-field incidents, was suspended by the team and eventually quit before declaring for the NFL draft. He went undrafted but signed with the Packers, where he suffered a season-ending injury in his first training camp and never played in the NFL again.

Lyerla now faces a felony charge of second-degree escape.

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45 Responses to “Colt Lyerla found day after escaping jail, treated for drug overdose”
  1. jbarr1 says: May 6, 2017 5:47 AM

    So much for being a Free Agent

  2. GenXJ says: May 6, 2017 6:23 AM

    So, he was vetted & signed by tt. Now, Colt in deep doo-doo.
    Remind me again why tt is considered a great GM.

  3. mickmars says: May 6, 2017 6:32 AM

    Hey Lyerla, there’s a Mr. Mike Brown waiting in holding to speak to you….

  4. nyneal says: May 6, 2017 6:46 AM

    What a waste of oxygen. They should have let him over dose and be done with it. He’s going to end up that way anyway.

  5. ccous13 says: May 6, 2017 6:55 AM

    He’s not getting the help he needs.

  6. noknoknokpenny says: May 6, 2017 7:12 AM

    Addiction problems run deep in my family so I speak from experience on this issue.

    Colt can overcome, but there is absolutely no telling how far he has to fall before he will make the commitment.

    If he is like many people i know, then the addiction is the love of his life and before he can beat it he has to learn to live with the heartbreak.

  7. jag1959 says: May 6, 2017 7:21 AM

    ‘He went undrafted but signed with the Packers, where he suffered a season-ending injury in his first training camp and never played in the NFL again.”

    If he was an undrafted FA by definition he never played in the NFL before so how was it he never played in it again?

  8. schmokes says: May 6, 2017 8:00 AM

    Played 0 regular season snaps
    Played 0 preseason snaps

    But yeah, go ahead and refer to him as a former packer.

  9. jimmysee says: May 6, 2017 8:05 AM

    This guy was a Packer for like 10 minutes. He got a look-see, suffered an injury, and was released.

    Don’t let the facts confused you.

  10. RandyinRoxbury says: May 6, 2017 8:11 AM

    Let’s praise his ability to escape, always a plus for a TE.

  11. clamdiggers says: May 6, 2017 8:14 AM

    Can he kick a 15 yd FG.. The Vikes want to know.

  12. Rolo Tomassi says: May 6, 2017 8:23 AM

    Someone wake up Ted Thompson

  13. abninf says: May 6, 2017 8:30 AM

    That dude got issues.

  14. I Understand The Catch Rule says: May 6, 2017 8:37 AM

    Damn ….. he had about as much success evading the law after he escaped as most Oregon players do when they turn pro.

  15. patriots123456 says: May 6, 2017 8:42 AM

    Sad, very sad.

  16. igocommando says: May 6, 2017 8:56 AM

    Nice. That opening sentence is priceless. Also, those charges seem to fit the spirit of the Packers team. Seems like there are always drug related charges or rumors surrounding that team. At first glance the forgery charge seemed strange, but you have to remember that the Packers franchise would not exist today if it wasn’t saved from bankruptcy by insurance fraud.

  17. dawoger says: May 6, 2017 8:59 AM

    genxgay says: Remind again why TT is considered a great GM.

    =================

    Because since weasel faced speildolt became GM in minisoda the Packers are 9-3-1 against the trailerpark barneys.

  18. raiderinva says: May 6, 2017 9:34 AM

    This story has Todd Marinovich or Cole Ford written all over it…

    Hopefully Colt lyerla can turn this into a Ryan Leaf story.

  19. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: May 6, 2017 9:46 AM

    Our Packers sure know how to pick them.

  20. joefelicelli says: May 6, 2017 9:54 AM

    How is escape a degreed offense? I would assume you either escape or do not escape. Second degree? What would constitute first degree?

  21. Should I Be Offended by Redskins? says: May 6, 2017 10:03 AM

    A Packer that can escape defenders like that?

    Ted Thompson back on line 1

  22. wafflestomp says: May 6, 2017 10:13 AM

    GenXJ says:
    May 6, 2017 6:23 AM
    So, he was vetted & signed by tt. Now, Colt in deep doo-doo.
    Remind me again why tt is considered a great GM.
    ————————–
    Well, it could be the Packers’ 118 wins against just 73 losses under Thompson’s stewardship for the last 12 seasons.

    Or, maybe it’s the 6 division titles, 9 playoff appearances, including 8 in a row tying the Patriots for the best current mark in the NFL.

    Perhaps it’s the 2010 season’s Super Bowl Title.
    The Packers sent 15 players to the disabled list that season.
    Ted Thompson weathered the storm by stitching together a patchwork roster that still had the stamina to win it all.

    Wait, I’m sorry, what was you point again?
    Oh yeah, Ted Thompson rolled the dice on a talented, troubled, nonviolent kid.
    Yes, he invited him to Green Bay for what amounted to a cup of coffee.
    A handful of practices and an ill fated scrimmage game.
    And it barely cost Thompson or Green Bay a dime.

    You should be more careful.
    Your bitterness and jealousy are starting to show.

  23. tmatic74 says: May 6, 2017 10:17 AM

    He needs help not prison. When you break out of prison to get drugs you are sick needing medical attention.

  24. absodefinitely says: May 6, 2017 10:21 AM

    clamdiggers says:
    May 6, 2017 8:14 AM
    Can he kick a 15 yd FG.. The Vikes want to know.

    —————————————————————
    The Packers signed him just to field onside kicks…but he was beat out by Brandon Bostick…

  25. igocommando says: May 6, 2017 10:23 AM

    Poor guy, once he put on that packers costume, he didn’t really stand a chance.

  26. lingsun54 says: May 6, 2017 10:42 AM

    He’s not sick. He needs to decide for himself not to take drugs again.

  27. patbutler87 says: May 6, 2017 10:52 AM

    Sir, you have a phone call from a gentleman named Mike Brown, he says he has an opening at backup tight end.

  28. senatorblutarsky says: May 6, 2017 11:20 AM

    igocommando says:
    May 6, 2017 8:56 AM

    Nice. That opening sentence is priceless. Also, those charges seem to fit the spirit of the Packers team. Seems like there are always drug related charges or rumors surrounding that team. At first glance the forgery charge seemed strange, but you have to remember that the Packers franchise would not exist today if it wasn’t saved from bankruptcy by insurance fraud.
    ___________________

    It’s the packer way.

  29. ariani1985 says: May 6, 2017 11:26 AM

    another Packer gem

  30. dcpatfan says: May 6, 2017 11:31 AM

    It’s really interesting to see the comments from the usual suspects here…
    Barring a few calling out his stupidity, mostly very tolerant speak and calls for him to get help.
    I rarely see the same latitude with “other” players.

  31. lks311 says: May 6, 2017 11:53 AM

    jimmysee says:
    May 6, 2017 8:05 AM
    This guy was a Packer for like 10 minutes. He got a look-see, suffered an injury, and was released.

    Don’t let the facts confused you.
    —-
    But, still a Packer all the same.

  32. cheeseisfattening says: May 6, 2017 12:03 PM

    With his addiction tendency Colt should consider himself lucky to have injured his knee to end his Packer career or he would be as big as a house right now living in Green Bay.

  33. realtruthteller100 says: May 6, 2017 12:10 PM

    mel kiper was right when he said this guy will never have that breakaway speed u want in a player.

  34. yahdoood says: May 6, 2017 12:14 PM

    Jim Irsays on line one “your name is Colt, let’s make you a Colt, we’ll sign you to a minimum deal and give you the keycard to my stash”

  35. mmmmmmmmm356 says: May 6, 2017 1:15 PM

    As far as charges go, Escape is a pretty cool one.

  36. squackduckhawk says: May 6, 2017 1:43 PM

    Hey, Oregon has some decent pros. Ngata, Blount, Chung, J Stewart, Max Unger, Byrd, Ward, Alonso, Mariota… It doesn’t help my point that Lyerla escaped jail and was found overdosed today, of course, but I have to stick up for my Quacks.

  37. philliephaninva says: May 6, 2017 3:20 PM

    Not sure how he qualifies for the title former NFL player. He never made it out of training camp.

  38. xbam says: May 6, 2017 8:38 PM

    this is all TT’s fault….

  39. steeler43 says: May 6, 2017 11:03 PM

    I’m glad to hear he survived the overdose, hopefully it will serve as a wake-up call to inspire him to get REAL help. It sounds like he needs to go through a detox program then rehab after that.

  40. blowfishes says: May 7, 2017 7:55 AM

    It begs the question whether this guy wanted to remain in jail for longer than his six month sentence. It’s the only reason I can think of why you would attempt escape two months into a six month sentence.

    Yes the guy deserves to be behind bars, but I also hope that the ‘system’ is also attempting to help him as a human being by trying to get him off of drugs and provide him with assistance in making him a better person.

  41. stellarperformance says: May 7, 2017 9:37 AM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    May 6, 2017 12:03 PM
    With his addiction tendency Colt should consider himself lucky to have injured his knee to end his Packer career or he would be as big as a house right now living in Green Bay.
    //////////////////////////////////

    His career may not be over. He has a football background. He has troubles with alcohol too. He can always get a job as a Viking assistant coach. It pure frosting if he also likes to pick fights. Perfect fit.

  42. ariani1985 says: May 7, 2017 10:51 AM

    Packers and trouble seems to be the norm the past few years!

  43. joma1969 says: May 7, 2017 11:02 AM

    “How is escape a degreed offense? I would assume you either escape or do not escape. Second degree? What would constitute first degree?”

    I would assume it’s similar to murder…1st degree is premeditated, 2nd is not. What the difference is for sentencing for prison escape, no idea.

  44. dwhitehurst says: May 7, 2017 3:16 PM

    Anyone who has watched his college game tape would see a great talent for TE and just an exciting football player to watch. He reminded me of Jeremy Shockey in terms of build, movement, and just playing style. He would have been a good one. Hence what a tragic waste this is, not just of a talent on the field for our enjoyment as football fans but also more importantly for his own wellbeing and those around him. But as some recovered/ing drug addicts can say, it’s never over till it’s over, at least completely. Football is over, but even now its not over for his personal life. It can be salvaged. Its just that the road back to relative wellness will be that much tougher with every regression. But it is possible. No one is a lost cause.

  45. jwreck says: May 9, 2017 5:17 PM

    Still a better prospect than Kellen Winslow II.

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