ATHENS — Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter will not make the trip to Ole Miss, and the length of his suspension remains unannounced.
Head coach Kirby Smart, when asked how many more games Ledbetter will miss, did not elaborate.
“He’s suspended this week,” Smart said.
Ledbetter has served three games so far after two alcohol-related arrests this offseason. The first – for underage drinking and false ID – was dismissed. The second was a DUI in early July.
After the second arrest, Ledbetter began receiving treatment for what Smart called a “serious” problem. He was actually away from the team – not a member of the official 125-man roster – for a period, and missed parts of the first week of practice.
Since then, Ledbetter has been actively practicing while on suspension.
Once he’s off suspension, Ledbetter figures to be an immediate contributor. Defensive tackle Trent Thompson’s starting spot is assured, and nose tackle DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle has also started three games. But Ledbetter could get a lot of time at end, allowing outside linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy – who have started many plays with their hands on the ground – to stand up and rush a bit more.