Tom Brady Takes Leave From Tampa Bay Buccaneers To ‘Handle Personal Things’

The 45-year-old quarterback missed practice on Thursday and Bowles told reporters he won’t be back until after the second preseason game on Aug. 20.

“Tom is excused today,” Bowles said. “He’ll be back sometime after Tennessee. He’s going to take care of some personal things.

“This is something we talked about before training camp started. We allocated this time because he wanted to get in there and get chemistry with the guys and go through two weeks of training camp.

“Knowing he wouldn’t play the first two games, he didn’t want to take away reruns of Blaine (Gabbert) and Kyle (Trask), as well as (Ryan Griffin), as far as going into these next two games.”

Brady talks to coach Clyde Christensen.

Bowles did not elaborate on the reason for Brady’s absence, but said it was a plan that was in place before training camp began and that he was confident Brady would be back for the team’s Week 1 season opening against the Dallas Cowboys. .

“Obviously there will always be doubt,” Bowles said, “but I have a pretty high level of confidence, yes.”

Bucs linebacker Devin White said Brady had the full support and understanding of his team.

“He’s a grown man — (more mature) than most of us in the locker room, and he’s a human being at the end of the day,” White said. “He has personal issues, but he’s a man who’s been doing this for so long, he (don’t have to) be here.

“When he’s not there, we know he’s still working. He’s got a great supporting cast around him and he’s going to get his job done whether he’s here or not, so when he comes back, he never will.” missing a beat and that’s all that matters.

“But more than football, we pray for everything he has going on as a human being and we hope everyone else does too and that’s all we ask for him: his well-being. Football comes second, that he has a human, come first.”

Since joining the Bucs from the New England Patriots in 2020, Brady has helped dramatically improve the team’s success.

Brady during Bucs training camp.

The Bucs, who were a perennial underperformer before his arrival, won the Super Bowl in Brady’s first season at the helm; his seventh Super Bowl ring.

The team fell short of expectations last season, losing in the playoffs to eventual Super Bowl winners, the Los Angeles Rams.

Despite being the oldest quarterback in the league, the predictions for the Bucs are sky-high again this season: Super Bowl or bust.

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