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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