Tom Brady is taking a while away from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to “cope with private issues,” in keeping with the crew’s head coach Todd Bowles.
The 45-year-old quarterback missed apply on Thursday, and Bowles informed reporters that he is not going to return till after the crew’s second preseason sport on August 20.
“Tom has been excused at this time,” Bowles mentioned. “He’ll be again someday round after Tennessee. He’s going to cope with some private issues.
“That is one thing we talked about earlier than coaching camp began. We allotted this time as a result of he wished to get in and get chemistry with the blokes and undergo two weeks of coaching camp.
“Figuring out he wasn’t going to play the primary two video games, he didn’t wish to take away reps from Blaine (Gabbert) and Kyle (Trask), in addition to (Ryan Griffin), so far as going into these subsequent two video games.”
Bowles didn’t elaborate on the explanation for Brady’s absence, however mentioned it was a plan that had been in place from earlier than coaching camp started and remained assured that Brady can be again for the crew’s season-opening Week 1 conflict towards the Dallas Cowboys.
“Clearly, there’s at all times going to be doubt,” Bowles mentioned, “however I’ve a reasonably excessive degree of confidence, sure.”
Bucs linebacker Devin White mentioned Brady had his crew’s full assist and understanding.
“He’s a grown man – (extra grown) than most of us within the locker room, and he’s a human on the finish of the day,” White mentioned. “He’s received private issues occurring, however he’s a man that’s been doing this so lengthy, he (doesn’t) must be right here.
“If he’s not right here, we all know that he’s nonetheless working. He has an important supporting forged round him and he’s going to get his work in whether or not he’s right here or not right here, so when he comes again, he’ll by no means miss a beat and that’s the one necessary factor.
“However greater than soccer, we’re praying for no matter he’s received occurring as a human being and we hope everybody else does too and that’s all we ask for him – his well-being. Soccer comes second, him being a human comes first.”
Since becoming a member of the Bucs in 2020 from the New England Patriots, Brady has helped to dramatically enhance the crew’s success.
A perennial underachiever earlier than his arrival, the Bucs received the Tremendous Bowl in Brady’s first season on the helm; his seventh Tremendous Bowl ring.
The crew fell wanting expectations final season, dropping to the eventual Tremendous Bowl winners the Los Angeles Rams within the playoffs.
Regardless of being the oldest quarterback within the league, predictions for the Bucs are as soon as once more sky-high this season: Tremendous Bowl or bust.