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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2014, file photo, Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Ind. Lyerla, who had been sentenced to six months in jail after admittedly using fake bills at a 7-Eleven and a deli, has escaped from Washington County custody, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest, officials said Friday, May 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Former NFL tight end escaped prison only to be captured again


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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