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Colt Lyerla Injury: Packers Tight End has Torn MCL, PCL

The severity of the rookie's injury is not yet known, but a season on Injured Reserve seems like a reasonable conclusion at this point.

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This little news tidbit has apparently slipped through the cracks over the past few days. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in Thursday morning's "Notes" column reported the extent of Colt Lyerla's injury: he apparently has two torn ligaments in his right knee, the Medial and Posterior Collateral Ligaments.

Those are the ligaments at the inside and the back of the knee, respectively, whereas the ACL tears suffered by Jared Abbrederis and Don Barclay are to the ligament along the front of the knee.

The recovery time for this injury will depend on the severity of the tears, but if Lyerla needs surgery this would likely be a season-ending injury. If that is indeed the case, it seems logical that he would be placed on Injured Reserve in the near future or released on an injury settlement.

We'll keep you posted with more information about the severity of Lyerla's injury as we get it, but at this point it appears that he would not be ready to play until several weeks into the 2014 regular season at the very earliest. The Packers certainly will not spend a 53-man roster spot waiting on him to recover based on his play in training camp, so if they truly want to keep him in the organization, expect him to go on IR soon and fight for a spot on the 2015 squad next summer.

UPDATE: Apparently Lyerla's injury does not need surgery, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN. However, his injury will still keep him out for the entirety of the preseason and potentially several weeks into the regular season as well.