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Brady’s absence came as a shock to many, especially as there is no information as to why he left. He’s under no obligation to share those details with the public, but people got even more curious (or alarmed if you’re a Bucs fan) when head coach Todd Bowles said he didn’t know when Brady would be back.
Darmen has also said that Brady’s absence was pre-planned, so his departure was no surprise (to the team, at least). He’s been in contact with Guts and the rest of the staff the entire time he was out, which probably put a lot of ghosts at ease. Even with just 20 days left to prep for the season, Brady has never been one to show up to training camp in shape and unprepared. He’s meticulous about his diet and fitness, so it’s unlikely he burned down double cheeseburgers and donuts while he was gone.
Besides, he’s Tom Brady. He may be 45, but he won the Super Bowl two seasons ago and has consistently matched or outperformed quarterbacks many years younger than him. If there’s anyone to trust when it comes to being prepared and ready, it’s him.