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Former Packers TE Lyerla arrested in Oregon

Weston Hodkiewicz
USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Former Green Bay Packers tight end Colt Lyerla was arrested in Oregon over the weekend on the suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, according to the Oregonian.

Green Bay Packers tight end Colt Lyerla runs after a catch on the second day of Packers training camp at Ray Nitschke Field in Green Bay, Wis. on Sunday, July 27, 2014.  Kyle Bursaw / Press-Gazette Media

The report, citing Washington County Sgt. Vance Stimler, said Lyerla was arrested 2 a.m. Saturday before being released at 8:37 a.m. Lyerla was suspected of being high on either illegal drugs or prescription medications when he was pulled over.

Lyerla, 21, signed with the Packers in May after taking part in their rookie orientation camp on a tryout basis. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound tight end was regarded as a mid-round draft pick, but didn't immediately sign with a team following draft due to a checkered past.

Lyerla quit Oregon football last October and was arrested in Eugene later that month for cocaine possession. His controversial comments about the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting also turned some teams away.

Following a slow start to camp, Lyerla tore his MCL and PCL while trying hurdle Packers cornerback Jumal Rolle on Aug. 2 during team's Family Night practice at Lambeau Field. It was initially believed the Packers would keep him on injured reserve for the season, but he was released on Aug. 26 with an eight-week injury settlement.

Since then, Lyerla has garnered headlines with his claim in a SBNation.com article that he chose to play at Oregon because a booster promised his family a house and car.

His next court date is Sept. 17.

-- whodkiew@pressgazettemedia.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod