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Former NFL tight end escaped prison only to be captured again

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Former Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla was captured by authorities Friday afternoon after escaping Washington County Community Correction Center (CCC) Thursday night, affiliate KATU reported. A country report noted that Lyerla had escape from a first-story dorm window.

Though he went missing for several hours, the former NFL player didn't make it too far, having been caught in Hillsboro--the same town that houses CCC.

Lyerla began his fall from football stardom in 2013 when he left the Ducks after violating team rules. He had a short stint with the Green Bay Packers, but it ended after a knee injury. He then got a spot on Portland's Arena Football League team in 2016, but suffered a shoulder injury his second game.

Lyerla was arrested on heroin and forgery charges in late March and recently convicted in a heroin possession case from August 2016. Jail records also showed that he was charged with a probation violation. At the time of his escape, he was serving a six-month sentence.

Lyerla is not the only former NFL tight end who has experienced misfortune. In April, former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez killed himself after being acquitted of a double-murder charge. And, former Ravens tight end Todd Heap accidentally ran over his three-year-old daughter with his truck. 

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