Georgia LB Natrez Patrick arrested on marijuana-related charges

Georgia starting linebacker Natrez Patrick was arrested on misdemeanor marijuana-related charges by police in Athens, Georgia, late Thursday night.

Patrick, a junior from Atlanta, was charged with misdemeanor possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and prohibited stopping, standing or parking. He was released on $1,500 bond early Friday morning, according to Athens-Clarke County Jail records.

He did not travel with the fifth-ranked Bulldogs for Saturday's game at Vanderbilt. Juwan Taylor replaced Patrick in the starting lineup.

Patrick was also arrested on misdemeanor marijuana charges with former teammate Chauncey Rivers as a freshman in 2015. He was suspended one game for that incident and might now be subject to a four-game suspension under Georgia Athletic Association policies.

Patrick had started every game for the Bulldogs this season and entered Saturday tied for third on the team with 17 total tackles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.