Tom Brady is taking a leave of absence from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to ‘deal with personal things’


The 45-year-old quarterback missed practice on Thursday, and Bowles told reporters he would not return until after the team’s second preseason game on August 20.

“Tom is forgiven today,” Bowles said. “He’ll be back to Tennessee sometime later. He’s going to deal with some personal things.

“We talked about this before the training camp started. We allotted this time because he wanted to go in and do chemistry with people and go to a two-week training camp.

“Knowing he wasn’t going to play the first two games, he didn’t want to take reps from Blaine (Gabert) and Kyle (Trask), as well as (Ryan Griffin), as far as these next two go. Was the game.”

Brady chats with coach Clyde Christensen.

Bowles did not elaborate on the reason for Brady’s absence, but said it was a plan that had already been put in place before training camp began, and he was confident Brady would play a key role in the team’s season-opening Week 1 clash. Will return for against the Dallas Cowboys.

“Obviously, there’s always going to be skepticism,” Bowles said, “but I have a high level of confidence, yes.”

Books linebacker Devin White said Brady has the full support and understanding of his team.

White said, “He’s a big guy — (much bigger) than most of us in the locker room, and he’s a human at the end of the day.” “He’s got personal problems going on, but he’s a guy who’s been doing this for so long, he doesn’t need to be here.

“If he’s not here, we know he’s still working. He’s got a great supporting cast all around and he’s going to be here to do his job or not, so when he comes back, he’ll be there anytime.” Will not be able to beat and that is the only important thing.

“But more than football, we are praying for what we are doing as human beings and we hope that everyone does and that is what we ask of him – his well being. Football is number two Comes, that one person comes first.”

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

Brady during Books training camp.Brady during Books training camp.

A perennial underachiever before his arrival, the Bucks 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, this season predictions for the Bucs are skyrocketing once again: Super Bowl or bust.


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