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

The rookie tight end was not claimed by another NFL team after being waived on Tuesday.

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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Bryce Hansen's picture

August 21, 2014 at 09:41 am

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

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Bryce Hansen's picture

August 21, 2014 at 03:16 pm

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

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DrealynWilliams's picture

August 21, 2014 at 08:07 am

Sounds good to me.

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Bryce Hansen's picture

August 21, 2014 at 09:42 am

Agreed.

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tm_inter's picture

August 21, 2014 at 07:40 am

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.

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Bryce Hansen's picture

August 21, 2014 at 09:42 am

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.

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Imma Fubared's picture

August 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm

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.

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zeke's picture

August 21, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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.

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organicbuzz's picture

August 21, 2014 at 03:40 pm

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

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