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

Annette Crawford
December 22, 2017

Georgia will be without linebacker Natrez Patrick in the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma.

Healen said earlier this week that Patrick passed a drug test given by the school after his arrest in Barrow County. The arrest triggered a drug test for Patrick's probation in Athens-Clarke County, which he failed, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Now in his third year on the field for Georgia, Patrick has totaled 116 tackles (9.5 for a loss) and two sacks over his career in Athens.

Had Patrick, who had a hearing Thursday, not agreed to enter treatment, he would have faced 30 days in jail for violating his probation.

On Thursday, Mark Schlabach of reported Patrick entered a drug treatment program and will not play in the game. He will be admitted to an inpatient program in Augusta, Ga.

Patrick tested positive for marijuana in Athens-Clarke County after he was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession in Barrow County hours after Georgia won the SEC championship on December 2.

Patrick reportedly agreed to waive a hearing on January 11, at which he would have answered to an allegation that he tested positive for marijuana - thus violating his probation. Patrick underwent another test on December 19 and had marijuana and opiates in his system.

Patrick's December 2 arrest was his third during his time at Georgia. In 21 games played over the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Patrick combined for 81 tackles. He missed four games due to suspension as the result of his second violation of that student-athlete policy.

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