ATHENS ― Georgia inside linebacker Natrez Patrick is due to return to the field this week. He might not return to a starting spot.
Senior Reggie Carter has played well the last two games, including in the win Saturday over South Carolina. Patrick, meanwhile, has served what is believed to be a four-game suspension after a marijuana-related arrest, so he would be eligible to return Saturday at Auburn.
Coach Kirby Smart was asked Monday how Patrick has handled things and whether he would return to a starting spot, given how Carter has played.
“His discipline will be handled internally like it always is,” Smart said. “He’s been practicing with us the last few weeks. He’ll continue to practice with us. And that competition will continue to go on.”
Smart referring to it being handled “internally” is the same way he had addressed Patrick’s situation before, never directly confirming a suspension.
Patrick was arrested on Oct. 5, two nights before Georgia’s game at Vanderbilt, on two misdemeanor charges, including marijuana possession. It was the second marijuana-related arrest for Patrick at UGA,