Georgia LB Natrez Patrick Won't Play vs. Oklahoma After Entering Drug Program

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2017

Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick (6) rushes the passer in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Nicholls, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 26-24. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)
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The Georgia Bulldogs will be without linebacker Natrez Patrick when they face the Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 1 in the College Football Playoff. 

On Thursday, Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com reported Patrick entered a drug treatment program and will not play in the game. 

Patrick was arrested following a traffic stop on Dec. 2 after Georgia beat Auburn in the SEC Championship Game and was facing a misdemeanor drug charge, according to Schlabach. Although the charge was dismissed, Seth Emerson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Patrick failed an ensuing drug test.

According to Anthony Dasher of UGASports.com, Patrick's hearing was Thursday, and he agreed to enter the rehabilitation program instead of spending 30 days in jail.

"We resolved his probation violation today," William Healan III, his attorney, said, per Schlabach. "Natrez is getting some treatment right now, and we're glad we've put this behind him. We're looking forward to his future."

Healan also confirmed Patrick will not play in the Rose Bowl.

Patrick was facing potential dismissal from the team since he was also suspended as a freshman in 2015 for a marijuana arrest and was suspended four games following misdemeanor marijuana charges in October, according to Schlabach. However, sources told Schlabach that Patrick "can return to the team next season if he stays out of off-field trouble."

Patrick tallied 35 tackles in his junior season as Georgia won the SEC title and reached the College Football Playoff. He finished with 59 last year.