Oregon starting tight end Colt Lyerla was conspicuously absent from Ducks' media day as they opened fall camp on Monday. No specific reason was given for his absence.
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly always plays it close to the vest with injuries and anything else involving his players. He addressed the subject briefly during his time with the media.
"Colt Lyerla has had a terrific summer for us" Kelly said. "He has got a couple of things he's got to take care of and should be at practice shortly, but he's not here today."
Kelly went on to say that Lyerla was excused and that his absence was nothing to be concerned with at this point.
Lyerla is the only scholarship tight end with game experience. Behind him stand a group of talented but unproven athletes.
Freshman Pharoah Brown and Evan Baylis are elite talents who showed there potential during the first practice of fall camp. Jumbo athlete Terrence Daniel is yet another freshman who is not as polished as Brown and Baylis but is an extremely talented athlete that came into camp at 6-foot-6, 249-pounds. It is likely that one of the freshman will see the field no matter Lyerla's situation.