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Ex-Oregon TE Colt Lyerla opts out of drug treatment program

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

Colt Lyerla is due back in court Dec. 5.
Colt Lyerla is due back in court Dec. 5. (USATSI)
The legal picture for former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla wasn't made any clearer by his appearance in court Wednesday.

The Oregonian reported that Lyerla and his attorney declined to enter him in a court-approved drug treatment program after his Oct. 23 arrest on charges of cocaine possession and interfering with an officer.

Per the Oregonian, Lyerla's attorney asked for a two-week extension, which judge Suzanne Chanti and assistant district attorney Amy Seely rejected, citing the two extensions already granted Lyerla.

Lyerla is due back in court Dec. 5.

Completing the Lane County Drug Court treatment program would have resulted in the dismissal of the possession charge, with the interference charge already dropped on the condition that he enter the program.

Lyerla left the Ducks team midseason in order to prepare for the NFL Draft and then withdrew from school the first week of October. Lyerla's arrest is believed to be a damaging -- but not necessarily fatal -- blow to his draft stock.

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