Halfway through the 2016 regular season, Jonathan Ledbetter has officially climbed out of Kirby Smart‘s doghouse.
The Georgia head coach announced Tuesday that Ledbetter’s suspension has come to an end and the defensive lineman will be eligible to play in this Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt. Ledbetter served what turned out to be a six-game suspension to open the season because of a pair of off-field incidents this past offseason.
Shortly after his second arrest, Ledbetter acknowledged in a statement that he has “a problem” with alcohol and will “continue to receive additional treatment for this disease.”
After playing in seven games as a true freshman in 2015, Ledbetter had been expected to compete for an increased role in the Bulldogs’ defensive line rotation this season. Whether he meets those expectations beginning this weekend will depend on how the next couple of days go.
“We’re excited to have him back him,” Smart said. “How much he’ll play will depend on how (he practices this week.)”