Former Oregon Ducks and Green Bay Packers tight end Colt Lyerla was arrested during the early morning of Sept. 6 on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI).
Former Oregon Ducks and Green Bay Packers tight end Colt Lyerla was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Sept. 6.
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The Oregonian's Molly Harbanger reported on Sept. 7 that Lyerla was "suspected of being high on either illegal drugs or prescription medications" when he was taken in by police:
"Former Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla was arrested in Washington County at 2 a.m. Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants, according to the Sheriff's Office.
"Lyerla, who was arrested almost a year ago in Eugene for cocaine possession, was released at 8:37 a.m. Saturday. Sgt. Vance Stimler said the report on his arrest is not yet available, but that Lyerla is suspected of being high on either illegal drugs or prescription medications when he was pulled over.
"The 21-year-old, booked into the Washington County Jail at 6-foot-5 inches and 250 pounds, grew up in Hillsboro, attending Hillsboro High School.
"Lyerla, 21, recently made news by claiming in an article on SBNation.com that he chose to attend the University of Oregon because an unnamed booster promised his family a house, car and other things.
"He left Oregon in October 2013 to pursue the NFL but was not drafted in 2014. Lyerla joined the Green Bay Packers as a free agent then injured ligaments in his left knee Aug. 2. He was recently given an an injury settlement by the Packers.
"Lyerla's next court date is Sept. 17."
The SBNation.com article written by Mike Piellucci reveals the booster is somebody the Lyerla family knows:
"Their enthusiasm dampened when an unofficial adviser weighed in. Lyerla declines publicly to identify the man, a powerful University of Oregon booster known to the family. The adviser made the benefits of that decision clear. If Lyerla went to Oregon,'I was promised a house, a car, all these things.'
"Lyerla knew the man had the means to deliver on his guarantees. Tammy (Lyerla, Colt's mother) knew that as well too, and now she leaned on her son to sign with the Ducks, a change Lyerla believes was made with the best intentions, but inspired by her precarious living situation. 'All of a sudden, it was 'You need to go to Oregon. That's the best place for you. They're going to take care of you,' he says.
"'My mom was really impressionable. When it was me and my mom in high school, it was $600 a month for the both of us. That's how we lived..anything good financial-wise that would take care of me or take care of her, she was going to go for it.'"
The Packers were the only NFL team which gave Lyerla a chance at making the pros, per ESPN's Rob Demovsky:
"The Packers were the only team willing to take a chance on Lyerla after he went undrafted and unsigned in free agency. They brought him to Green Bay on a tryout basis for rookie camp in May and then signed him to the roster the following week.
"Although there was no indication that Lyerla had gotten into any trouble during his time with the Packers, he made little impact on the field and sustained a knee injury on Aug. 2 when he tried to hurdle a defender during a practice. He never returned to the field and was released on Aug. 26 with an eight-week injury settlement that paid him $142,588.
"At the time, his agent, Vinnie Porter, did not rule out the possibility of the Packers bringing him back, although they could not do so until six weeks after the injury settlement expires, per NFL rules.
"'They said they didn't think injured reserve and sitting out a whole year would be the best thing for him,' Porter said on Aug. 26. 'This allows them to bring him back later this year. It also allows other teams to do the same, but they're willing to take the risk.'
"Porter did not return a message left on Sunday."
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