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Johnson not expected back with team

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Freshman defensive lineman De'Andre Johnson is not expected to return to Georgia's team this season for reasons tied to health concerns, Dawgs247 has learned.

Johnson has not been taking part in recent team workouts and intends to continue studies at UGA for the time being in the hopes of going on medical scholarship, according to an assistant coach at Johnson's Northgate (Ga.) High School who has spoken directly with the player.

The health issue is believed to be related to Johnson's back, though that has not been confirmed officially.

UGA has not announced a change in Johnson's status at this point or that he has been placed on medical scholarship.

Medical scholarships, if granted, allow a player to receive funds to continue his studies at a university provided he longer participates on the football team. Players on medical scholarships do not count against a program's 85-man limit.

Nicknamed "Moose," the 6-foot-3, 310-pound Johnson signed with UGA in 2013 as a three-star prospect out of Newnan, Ga. He redshirted this past season.

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