When reporters responded with speculation to Mark Helfrich saying it was “circumstances” keeping Colt Lyerla from the field on Saturday, Lyerla told The Oregonian’s Jason Quick that he was offended by Helfrich’s brevity.
“I’m really upset with the way coach Helfrich said that after the game,” Lyerla told Quick Sunday. “Really disappointed. I feel hurt about this. I watched a little bit of what he said, then started reading all of it, and … it was unfair.”
ABC reported while the game was on that Lyerla missed the game due to a stomach virus preventing him from practicing. Oregon policy is (1) to not allow play for players who miss a certain number of practices and (2) to not talk about injuries. Oregon was consistent in that, as wideout Eric Dungy also missed a game due to “circumstances”.
It seems that the biggest issue with this story is that Lyerla’s story is ripe for speculation. The tight end has had a checkered past with the team and circumstances, while not necessarily negative, does imply an unnecessarily vague connotation.
Oregon has a bye this Saturday and plays Cal the week after that. It’s not clear what Lyerla’s status is for that game, but wideout B.J. Kelley released a Vine with him from the locker room Monday morning.