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Colt Lyerla Clears Waivers, Placed on Packers' Reserve/Injured List

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Colt Lyerla Clears Waivers, Placed on Packers' Reserve/Injured List

As expected, Colt Lyerla cleared waivers on Wednesday, according to the NFL's transaction wire.

The rookie tight end was also placed on the Packers' reserve/injured list and will not count against the team's 90-man roster.

With this transaction, the Packers retain Lyerla's rights through the 2014 season and through the three-year contract he originally signed as an undrafted free agent, as long as the Packers continue to honor it.

Lyerla will not be allowed to practice while on the reserve/injured list, although he will have access to the team's resources, trainers, facilties and the like.

"I think it's like any guy that goes through this, you got to take it as an opportunity to improve yourself physically, mentally, so we'll see what happens," said head coach Mike McCarthy.

Perhaps notably, it will be worth watching how Lyerla acclimates to a year without football and to what extent the organization continues to provide the rookie with a support system given his past troubles.

"What he's been through in the past is to me, it's the past," said McCarthy. "It's a learning experience that hopefully he carried forward.

"But at the end of the day, we feel very good about our program. We try to put a support group around all our players, and Colt's no different. He did get more attention there, obviously, at the beginning, and I feel like we've got him on a good path."

According to Spotrac.com, Lyerla will receive a split salary of $303,000 the Packers negotiated into his contract due to landing on injured reserve, saving money against their salary cap.

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GoldFinger's picture

Yes!!!!!! It's like getting a no. 1 pick next year. That's how I am looking at it with this talented but troubled yute. I've seen enough of him already to know he's going to be a huge star. Just get healthy, go to church etc, stay out of trouble and we'll see you next year Colt!!

Bryce Hansen's picture

I don't know that he's done enough to be considered a first round pick. He's talented, but he's gotta produce.

GoldFinger's picture

Oh, he'll produce Bryce, trust me on this. The Packers are not stupid. We're talking Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham type talent here. He's worth it. Hell they spent 4 years each with Justin Harrel and Derek Sherrod. One year with Lylerla is a walk in the park. Next year will be here in a blink of an eye and we'll all be happy that Lyerla is here healthy competing for a roster spot. We'll forget all about the fact he's a talented but troubled yute.

Bryce Hansen's picture

I'm not disagreeing. I'm just remaining skeptical until I see it.

Stroh's picture

Lyerly will be put to work like Quarless was when he was shelved by his ACL. He'll be heavily involved in preparing the quizzes that the players take in their position rooms. Quizzes they take to make sure they know the game plans and position assignments. This keeps him involved knowing the game plan and helps him prepare for the mental rigors in the NFL. He's a talented athlete and might have gone in the 2nd or 3rd rd. We'll see if he can keep his nose clean for the next year off the field when he doesn't have the field to actually focus on. If he can, the Packers get a kid w/ some potential at a position that already will have Rodgers and Bostic. He faces a difficult year and uphill climb to make an impact next year. Being off the field for another year is going to put him behind the 8 ball.

DrealynWilliams's picture

Sounds good to me.

Bryce Hansen's picture

Agreed.

tm_inter's picture

I'm happy for Lyerla that he has cleared waivers and has the opportunity to train and learn with the Packers for the next 12 months with some pay. I have no doubt that he'll become a better player next year than he is now. I look forward to seeing him play for the Packers in actual games next year.

Bryce Hansen's picture

Good chance for him to learn, get in shape, and keep his nose clean. I see him coming back as an H-back/Delanie Walker type for next year, perhaps replacing Kuhn.

Imma Fubared's picture

For the little bit of money and were talking chicken feed here, the Pack have nothing to lose. Its a win win for them regardless.
By next year he'll know the playbook better than the coaches, be in great shape and get his chance in the sun as they say.
I think that this guy is going to be impressive when everything is said and done.

GoldFinger's picture

This is probably your best post I ever read Fubared. I concur.

zeke's picture

The bar has been set low enough that his "best post" is one step above eating paste with a shovel, but it's a start.

GoldFinger's picture

lol.. I agree Zeke but had to give the chap some credit for once. I was shocked as well to read what he said. He's usually 99% negative. lol

organicbuzz's picture

What is a yute? I bet I am a yute too.

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