In the past, Georgia football players would receive an automatic two-game suspension for a DUI. But that’s no longer the case.

As Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution points out, Bulldogs freshman defensive end Bill Norton returned to game action this past Saturday against Murray State, only two weeks after being jailed for DUI charges. Norton didn’t travel to Nashville for Georgia’s season opener against Vanderbilt.

Norton was arrested on Aug. 25 for driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane/improper driving on road and possessing any alcoholic beverage under 21.

Georgia’s athletic association revised its substance abuse guidelines prior to the start of the 2017 season.


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“[With] drug rehab and substance-abuse issues, you need to look at it from a medical standpoint,” UGA director of sports medicine Ron Courson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I think in the past it was looked at from a disciplinary standpoint. But substance abuse is a medical problem just like any medical problem we see.”

That led to Norton returning for Saturday’s game against Murray State. He entered in the second half, but he did not record any statistics.

Norton, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound defensive lineman, will likely be on the field again when Georgia plays Arkansas State on Saturday. The Bulldogs and Red Wolves are set to kick off at noon ET on ESPN2.