And now we know the rest of the story. Sort of.
Somewhat surprisingly, it was reported shortly before Oregon’s game against Colorado that tight end Colt Lyerla did not make the trip with the team to Boulder. No reason for his absence was given.
Following the win, head coach Mark Helfrich confirmed that Lyerla missed the conference contest as he was serving a one-game suspension. Other than the ubiquitous “violation of unspecified team rules,” no reason for the punitive measure was given.
After serving that suspension, Lyerla is back in the coach’s good graces. For now.
“He’ll be back at [medical] treatment [today] and will have every opportunity to go from here,”
The player and his coach publicly butted heads earlier this season, with Lyerla upset with how Helfrich couched his absence from the Tennessee game. Helfrich would only state that “circumstances” kept Lyerla out of the game, while the latter said he was ill and had not practiced enough per team rules to participate.
Lyerla subsequently apologized for taking his grievance public.
In three games this season, Lyerla has two catches for 26 yards. True freshman John Mundt, who has started the two games Lyerla has missed, leads all Ducks tight ends with seven receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns.