Coach Todd Bowles of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Thursday that star quarterback Tom Brady will be absent from the team until after their preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on August 20. Brady is dealing with a personal matter.
Bowles said that Brady’s time away had been planned weeks in advance following a joint practice with the Miami Dolphins, from which Brady was excused.
Bowles said at a press conference, “We discussed this before training camp started.” “Since he wasn’t going to play in the first two games anyway, we gave him the full two weeks of training camp to bond with the team. We deliberated on the matter at length. Due to the early booking, he will not be in town until after Tennessee, well before training camp begins.”
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Bowles also said he is “pretty confident” that Brady will start for Tampa Bay against the Dallas Cowboys in the season opener on September 11.
Bowles firmly asserted, “There is no doubt.” “Of course there will always be skepticism, but I’m reasonably confident.”
In the past week, Brady’s 45-year-old presence at Buccaneers practice has been inconsistent. He celebrated as a veteran on August 3rd, his birthday. On Friday, August 5, he was absent from school due to a valid excuse. He took part in Buccaneers practices on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the latter of which was the team’s first joint session with the Dolphins; this will be Brady’s third season with the team; the Buccaneers’ offense has been consistent; and so on.
Bowles, when asked about the team’s offensive efforts, said, “I don’t think it stops it at all.” “We’ve established a protocol for this. Some of the guys over here are must-sees for us. As a result, we get a look at the team’s backup quarterbacks and the receivers who are vying for a roster spot.”
In 2021, Brady had one of his most productive seasons, throwing for 5,316 yards, which was good for first in the league and a personal best. As a passer, he was the best in the league in terms of touchdown passes (43), completions (485), and attempts (719). He was the runner-up for the AP’s Most Valuable Player award, which went to Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.
In short, Brady’s offseason was full of drama. A little over a month after saying he was leaving the NFL for good in February, he changed his mind and said he would be back for his 23rd season. The NFL then announced on August 2 that the Dolphins had engaged in a tampering scheme with Brady in 2019 and 2022, while he was still under contract with the Patriots and Buccaneers, respectively. In response, the league fined and suspended Miami Heat owner Stephen Ross and took away his team’s draft picks.
This piece was published in the USA TODAY: Tom Brady will be absent from the Buccaneers until after August 20 to deal with a personal issue.
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