The Green Bay Packers waived tight end Colt Lyerla from injured reserve on Tuesday after reaching an injury settlement with the undrafted rookie.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Lyerla will be paid for eight weeks and could return to the Packers after Week 14.
NFL rules stipulate that a player released via injury settlement can’t return to that team until six weeks after the settlement.
Lyerla tore the MCL and PCL in his right knee during an Aug. 2 practice and injured reserve would have been a way for the Packers to stash him for 2015. But now Lyerla will at least have a chance to play this season once he’s healthy—the injury does not require surgery and he would be eligible to sign with any other team after the settlement is up.
The former Oregon tight end got off to a slow start in training camp but appeared to be improving before he attempted to hurdle a defensive back during practice on Aug. 2.
There are rumors the Packers might attempt to teach Lyerla how to play fullback from the practice squad.
Lyerla was a risky signing for the Packers after a checkered past that included quitting the team at Oregon while he was on suspension for a drug-related arrest, tweets that claimed the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2011 was a government conspiracy and charges of physical assault in 2012 that were later dropped.