Ex-Packers TE Colt Lyerla escapes correction center

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A warrant is out for former Packers TE Colt Lyerla, who was being held at the Washington County Community Correction Center and has now escaped, according to Tony Hernandez of Oregon Live.

Lyerla was being held on multiple drug-related charges, the report says. In February, he went to court and the judge determined he was guilty of heroin possession. He also faced charges for forgery and for violating his probation after a previous conviction, also for heroin.

The center where he was being held is just a minimum-security facility, and he was apparently on the first floor. An alarm went off in the building. When officials checked on the residents, they found that the tight end was the only one missing. They then discovered an open window and realized that they were dealing with an escape in progress.

If he is caught, he could now be given second-degree escape charges, which are felony charges.

Lyerla’s NFL career was almost non-existent. He got a bit of notoriety playing college ball for the Oregon Ducks, but did not get drafted. The Packers were willing to sign him as a UDFA in 2014, but he hurt his knee over the summer and got cut. He tried a few other avenues to keep up an athletic career, including playing rugby in France and joining the Arena League to play football.

In three years at Oregon, he put up 565 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. He also had 94 rushing yards and scored two more touchdowns. He never recorded a stat in the NFL.

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