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TE Colt Lyerla leaves Oregon football team, will enter NFL draft

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A day after not traveling with the team to its game at Colorado, Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla is leaving the team.

After the game, coach Mark Helfrich said that Lyerla was suspended for a violation of team rules. It was the second game Lyerla had missed this season. He previously missed the Ducks' win over Tennesseee, where Helfrich said after the game that "circumstances" prevented Lyerla from playing.

Lyerla spoke out the next day and said that he was sick before the game against the Volunteers and wasn't able to practice enough to play and was unhappy with the way that Helfrich addressed his absence.

"We wish Colt nothing but the best in the future, and will support him in any way we can," Helfrich said in a statement posted on

Both coach and player said that they had discussed the Tennessee game incident and were ready to move on. Now it won't be as members of the same team.

Lyerla, an award favorite in the preseason, had three catches for 26 yards this season.

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