News now! Colt Lyerla waived injured; IR would be opportunity

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 20, 2014 – 11:47 am

140820-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY–Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said undrafted free agent tight end Colt Lyerla has been waived, and McCarthy’s comments at Wednesday’s press conference would suggest Lyerla would be assigned to the team’s injured reserve list if he clears waivers.

“I know Colt was waived injured. That’s his status right now. You have to take it as an opportunity to improve yourself,” McCarthy said on Wednesday.

Lyerla sustained a knee injury while attempting to hurdle a defender during the Packers’ “Family Night” practice. He hasn’t practiced since.

The Packers signed Lyerla following last spring’s draft. He was a top prospect at Oregon until off-the-field difficulties derailed his college career.

“What he’s been through in the past, it’s a learning process. I feel like we have him on a good path,” McCarthy said.

Because the Packers waived Lyerla instead of assigning him directly to injured reserve, he wouldn’t count against the Packers’ 90-man roster should he clear waivers and then be assigned to IR.

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