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Packers set Colt Lyerla free


One of the most-hyped undrafted free agents of 2014 will be a free agent again. Eventually.

According to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Packers have reached an injury settlement with tight end Colt Lyerla. Under the terms of the deal, the rookie will be paid by the Packers through Week Eight. At that point, he’ll be free to sign with any team.

By rule, he can return to the Packers after Week 14.

A knee injury derailed what could have been an intriguing rookie season, especially since the Packers have a real need at the tight end position. Lyerla’s off-field challenges have been nearly as chronicled as his on-field talents, which could make it even more important for Lyerla to have a strong support system in place as he recovers from the knee injury and attempts to land a job with the Packers or another team.