Well, rookie tight end Colt Lyerla’s chances of making the Green Bay Packers roster this season just evaporated.
Lyerla, who suffered a knee injury during Family Night, will be out “weeks,” according to Mike McCarthy. Undrafted rookies who miss several weeks of training camp do not make the roster.
But let’s honest. Despite his well-documented potential and athleticism, Lyerla was a long shot to make the roster anyway. There are most certainly five guys ahead of him on the depth chart. Lyerla was clearly rusty through the first week of camp, as well. That will happen when you haven’t played football in nearly a year.
It’s probably that very reason why Lyerla got injured. He was pressing in order to show the coaches he belonged after his rough start.
“I was just trying to make the most of my opportunity and I got a shot, I got a pass, caught it and had the adrenaline and tried to show a little bit of my athleticism,” Lyerla said after Family Night.
As we noted on Sunday, this may be a blessing in disguise for Lyerla. That is, if the Packers stash him on injured reserve.
That would give Lyerla a year to take everything in and a realistic shot to make the roster next year.
If the Packers bring him back at the end of the preseason, they’re certainly not doing him any favors.