Former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla arrested for cocaine possession

Not long after leaving the Oregon football team and declaring for the NFL draft, Colt Lyerla is in trouble with the law.

Lyerla was arrested for cocaine possession Wednesday night in Eugene. According to the police report, police were responding to an unrelated call when they saw Lyerla in his car using the substance.

"Lyerla was contacted by police and admitted to using and possessing cocaine," the police report from the Lane County Sheriff's Office said. "Detectives and Lyerla agreed to meet at Lyerla's residence to continue the investigation. Once at the residence Lyerla ran from the vehicle into a nearby apartment. Lyerla was arrested when he emerged from the residence a short time later. He was transported and lodged in the Lane County Jail."

The TE left the team earlier in October after not traveling with the team to Colorado. In September, Lyerla, considered one of the best tight ends in the country entering the season, didn't play against Tennessee for what coach Mark Helfrich deemed "circumstances." Lyerla took offense to Helfrich's usage of the word and said that he was sick and wasn't able to practice enough to play in the game. Last summer, Lyerla was held out of nine practices for what the team deemed "personal issues."

He had three catches for 26 yards this season.

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