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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Packers Injury Update: Colt Lyerla diagnosed with torn MCL and PCL

By on 8/14/2014 05:00:00 PM

Indianapolis Colts’ rookie TE Colt Lyerla suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) during practice and will most likely be out past training camp.
The news was reported by Fox Sports Wisconsin reporter Paul Imig via twitter.
Lyerla’s current state with the Packers is still up in air due to the numerous options the team has. stated that, “The injury leaves Lyerla's future with the Packers in question…They can place him on injured reserve, which would mean they'd have to pay him the rookie injury-split salary of $303,000, plus he would not be able to practice for the rest of the season. They also could work out an injury settlement with him, but then they wouldn't be able to re-sign him to their practice squad until six weeks after the settlement ends. So if the settlement were for three weeks into the regular season, there would be a six-week window where another team could sign him to its practice squad but the Packers couldn't. The Packers also could put him on temporary IR, but that's as unlikely as keeping him on the final roster, because they'll want to save that one-time designation in case a key player is injured in camp or early in the season.”

With that stated, the Packers are going to have a difficult decision.

During camp, Lyerla has shown the promise he exercised while at the University of Oregon. According to the Milwaukie-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, “Lyerla, 6 foot 4 and 260 pounds, proved to be a surprisingly effective blocker. He also has explosive athleticism and good receiving skills.”

Unfortunately though, Lyerla’s injury will keep the undrafted rookie from playing anytime soon. In his place will be starting TE Andrew Quarless (312 yards and two touchdowns on 32 catches in 2013), rookie Richard (39 receptions for 608 yards and a touchdown at Cal), Ryan Taylor (six receptions for 30 yards) and sophomore Brandon Bostick (seven receptions for 120 yards).

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