UGA’s Patrick enters treatment, out for Rose Bowl

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Natrez Patrick is a junior inside linebacker at Georgia. He was part of Georgia's 2015 Signing Day class out of Atlanta's Mays High School. Patrick has made seven starts for the Bulldogs in nine games and ranks fifth on the team with 36 tackles. He's had some run-ins with the law. Patrick’s first arrest came two years ago as a freshman. Patrick’s second arrest came this season, leading to a four-game suspension. Once cleared, Patrick came off the bench for two games before regaining his starter role.

Georgia starting linebacker Natrez Patrick has resolved his probation violation case stemming from a drug arrest and entered in-patient treatment.

But Patrick, who was not at Georgia’s practice Thursday, won’t play in the Rose Bowl, according to his lawyer, Billy Healan. Georgia faces Oklahoma on Jan. 1 in the College Football Playoff semifinal.

“I believe he should still be on the team,” Healan said. “We are hoping for a full recovery and a good season next year.”

Healan said he wouldn’t speak to the type or length of the treatment due to confidentiality concerns. Court documents from Athens-Clarke County say Patrick agreed to enter an in-patient facility in Augusta.

“Natrez is receiving treatment for his personal issues and we look forward to the completion of that treatment so he can put this behind him,” Healan said. “This resolves all his legal matters.”