Todd Bowles: Tom Brady won’t return until after second preseason game

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It turns out Tom Brady will be away from the team for more than just a few days.

After reports indicated earlier on Thursday Brady had an excused absence from Buccaneers training camp to deal with a personal matter, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters in his press conference that Brady will remain away from the club through Tampa Bay’s second preseason game on Aug. 20.

“Tom has been excused today. He’ll be taking — he’ll be back somewhere around after Tennessee. He’s going to deal with some personal things,” Bowles said. “This is something we talked about before training camp started. We allotted this time because he wanted to get in and get chemistry with the guys and go through two weeks of training camp, knowing he wasn’t going to play the first two games. He didn’t want to take away reps from Blaine [Gabbert] and Kyle [Trask] as well as ‘Griff’ [Ryan Griffin] as far as going into these next two games. And it’s something he needs to handle.

“We trust him. We talked about it. It was scheduled way before training camp and he will not be here until after Tennessee.”

Bowles said he would be more concerned about the offense and its progress if Brady didn’t have the years of experience and the quarterback’s work ethic. He also would not delve further into why Brady will be absent, other than to say it’s a “personal issue.”

Bowles also noted that he has a “pretty high” level of confidence that Brady will return and be ready for the regular-season opener on Sept. 11.

Because Brady made reference to not making the “competitive commitment” to playing in his retirement announcement back in February, Bowles was asked if he was worried that could be an issue that might keep Brady away for a longer period of time.

“Per our conversation, I am not worried, no,” Bowles said.

Brady, who turned 45 on Aug. 3, is entering his third season with the Buccaneers after 20 seasons with the Patriots. He led the league in attempts, completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns last year. He ended his 40-day retirement on March 13 to re-up with Tampa Bay for 2022.

43 responses to “Todd Bowles: Tom Brady won’t return until after second preseason game

  1. When asked why he won’t be able to participate in training camp along with everyone else, he said; “I don’t feel like it.”

  2. Second thoughts already? Holding out for another HC? No Gronk No Tommy? Holding out for more dollars?

  3. He certainly doesn’t need more mileage on that throwing arm. At this point in his career it’s the less is better approach

  4. I imagine it could be a planned family vacation but they don’t want to admit it because of the optics.

  5. Since he’s been avoiding talking to reporters for the past week or two, this “excused absence” is likely a face-saving excuse that Brady is making the team go along with, and they happily will, just like when they went along with his “retirement,” but wouldnt let him leave for the dolphins

  6. It’s possible Tom is getting his left knee arthroscopically cleaned out. It’s amazing how his body has held up and still playing/producing at an elite level into his mid 40s. I’m not a Tom Brady fan,but he has my admiration and respect.

  7. If Bowles is a good HC in the slightest, He will use this time to prepare Trask for their future!

  8. It’s probably one of two things:

    1) Giselle is ready to walk because he won’t retire

    or

    2) He really doesn’t want to play anymore.

  9. Told you it was turf ego “camp edition”. Retiree is trying to milk his last season by doing as little as posible.

  10. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    August 11, 2022 at 12:44 pm
    Beware of Belichick’s castoffs
    ——————————–
    yea don’t you just hate it when one of them wins a SB for your team?

  11. I like Bowles as a football guy, but this season has meltdown written all over it.

  12. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a prelude to retirement. Why bake in the South Florida sun like a Sam’s rotisserie chicken when you can be in an air conditioned Fox Sports booth calling a game–for the same or more money?

  13. Beware of Belichick’s castoffs
    ——
    Yes, especially the one who led his team to a SB win and had his best season ever last year.

  14. “He didn’t want to take away reps from Blaine [Gabbert] and Kyle [Trask] as well as ‘Griff’ [Ryan Griffin] as far as going into these next two games.”

    Doubt it. This guy felt threatened by something called a Jimmy G.

  15. Either he is having a little procedure done or the NFL is quietly realizing that he was involved with the so called tampering and this is his very quiet punishment. Of course the shield will never admit their poster boy did anything wrong.

  16. Tony Broome says:
    August 11, 2022 at 12:45 pm
    It’s probably one of two things:

    1) Giselle is ready to walk because he won’t retire

    or

    2) He really doesn’t want to play anymore.

    ———–

    Or maybe…

    3) Brady arranged for some personal time off before training camp started and now he’s taking that time off, which is what the article says.

    Why he needs that time off is his business. I don’t think anyone has to worry about him being ready to play when the season starts.

  17. Serious question – are any of his kids college bound? And in FL, school starts this week, no?

  18. He is putting together a group to buy the Dolphins. He’s gotta meet all those investors face to face and glad hand them to get their money. After watching Tua up close in joint practices, his first move as owner will be to hire Sean Payton and sign himself to the team as QB1.

  19. You know there are going to be reporters camped out at the airport trying to catch him flying off for vacation somewhere.

  20. whodatnhollywood says:
    August 11, 2022 at 1:03 pm
    I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a prelude to retirement. Why bake in the South Florida sun like a Sam’s rotisserie chicken.
    ——————————————————-
    Tampa is in central Florida. Geography.

  21. you look at Brett Favre he hated training camp, and towards the end would show up just in time to start the season. Guys like Favre and Brady get those kinds of liberties.

  22. Yeah, Tom is gonna take a few weeks and hang out with Stephen Ross and daydream what could of been on South Beach.

  23. No way is it a pre-planned vacation — Brady wouldn’t do that. They said its planned, so someone is likely undergoing a medical procedure. Doubtful its Brady since he woulda done that before — likely a family member, and I hope its not too serious.

  24. purpleguy says:
    August 11, 2022 at 2:28 pm
    No way is it a pre-planned vacation — Brady wouldn’t do that.
    —-
    Think again! 🙂

  25. vikings1234 says:
    August 11, 2022 at 1:09 pm
    Beware of Belichick’s castoffs
    ——
    Yes, especially the one who led his team to a SB win and had his best season ever last year.
    ===============================================================================
    2007 was still his best season ever…

  26. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    August 11, 2022 at 12:44 pm
    Beware of Belichick’s castoffs

    ———-

    You mean like the Jets?

  27. >> Yeah, Tom is gonna take a few weeks and hang out with Stephen Ross and daydream what could of been on South Beach.

    No Worries. Ross is meeting with Aaron Rodgers tomorrow and is setting up calls with a few other active QBs for next week.

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