Ex-Duck Colt Lyerla again arrested for heroin

Colt Lyerla also accused of passing counterfeit money and probation violation

Colt Lyerla, March 28, 2017 (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
Colt Lyerla, March 28, 2017 (Washington County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Colt Lyerla, the one-time Oregon Ducks’ star tight end whose NFL career was derailed by injury and drugs, was arrested again Monday in Washington County.

Lyerla was arrested by Hillsboro police for possession of heroin, forgery and probation violation. Authorities said he was arrested for passing counterfeit money. The heroin was found on him while he was being taken into custody at Sherry’s, 2185 NW 185th, around 12:15 p.m.

Last August, Lyerla was also arrested for heroin possession by a Tigard patrol officer who spotted a car in the back of a Chevron station.

Colt Lyerla, left, at an NFL combine drill in February 2014. Top to bottom, Washington County mug shots from 2014, 2016, 2017
Colt Lyerla, left, at an NFL combine drill in February 2014. Top to bottom, Washington County mug shots from 2014, 2016, 2017

In 2011, Lyerla burst onto the national scene with an outstanding freshman year with the Oregon Ducks. But his troubles started in 2013 when he missed one game and then quit the team.

Not long after, he was arrested and eventually admitted to possessing cocaine.

In April 2015, U-O investigated claims Lyerla made that he was promised a house and car to play for the team. Their investigation found no violations of NCAA policy.

Oregon's Colt Lyerla, top, against Kansas State's Jarard Milo, bottom, during the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
Oregon’s Colt Lyerla, top, against Kansas State’s Jarard Milo, bottom, during the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)