Patrick enters rehab clinic in Augusta; will miss Rose Bowl

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Patrick was on probation for previous arrests in his career at Georgia.

Natrez Patrick will enter a drug treatment program after an arrest during a traffic stop hours after the Bulldogs' 28-7 win over Auburn in the SEC title game December 2.

"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", Patrick's lawyer, Billy Healen, reportedly said.

The inpatient drug rehabilitation program is in Augusta, according to a probation revocation document.

The school on Thursday evening released a statement from Ron Courson, its senior associate athletic director of sports medicine.

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Patrick must complete the treatment program and may not leave the facility against medical advice.

Patrick, a junior from Atlanta, had faced a misdemeanor drug charge after he was arrested following a traffic stop in Barrow County, Georgia, hours after the Bulldogs defeated Auburn 28-7 in the SEC championship game on December 2. He was deemed to have not violated the UGA Student-Athlete Handbook and can reportedly come back to the team in 2018. That case in Barrow County was dismissed. A subsequent test by Athens-Clarke County, due to his probation for being caught in possession of marijuana in October, turned up positive, triggering the violation.

Patrick was the team's second-leading tackler a year ago and - even with the suspension - finished sixth on the team in tackles with 35.

Patrick's arrest on December 2 was his third, with all involving marijuana, since arriving to Georgia in 2015. The Atlanta native has started seven games this season.

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