The Green Bay Packers signed Colt Lyerla this off-season to a contract looking to give the talented prospect from Oregon a shot at playing in the NFL. The tight end was on his best behavior with the team after several past incidents, but after being waived with an injury settlement, Lyerla is back in the news 11 days after his departure.
According to OregonLive.com, Lyerla was arrested at 2 a.m. Saturday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants. A year ago, Lyerla was arrested for possession of cocaine 16 days after his departure from Oregon University.
Lyerla unfortunately tore the medial collateral and posterior collateral ligaments in his right knee after hurdling over a defender during the team's Family Night scrimmage on August 2. The Packers still have the decision of whether or not they would like to bring him back after this season, but this latest arrest could mean that they will no longer consider him in the future.
In training camp Lyerla wasn't able to establish himself among a crowded group of tight ends. Even if the injury to his knee didn't occur, it was hard imagining a situation where the Packers would sign him to their roster. A positional switch down the road to fullback had been proposed as an option as well.
This is another rough stamp on Lyerla's record. After his past troubles at Oregon, he was very fortunate to get an opportunity in Green Bay to make a strong case for other NFL teams. After this incident, he'll have still more to prove going forward off the field instead of on it if he wants to get a sniff of a tryout.
We all hate seeing young talented players being held back from their dreams because of drugs or any other off the field issues. Here's to hoping he gets the help he needs to clean himself up and get his future moving in the right direction going forward, regardless of whether football is a part of that future.