Tom Brady: Tampa Bay Buccaneers ‘not involved’ by star’s continued absence

Final week, it was introduced that the 45-year-old quarterback would take a while away to “deal with personal things” and wouldn’t be again till after the group’s second preseason sport towards the Tennessee Titans on August 20.

“We’ll see. We’ll talk about it next week. I’m not concerned about it right now,” Bowles advised reporters when requested when Brady would possibly return.

“We’re trying to practice against Tennessee and play a game. I said sometime after Tennessee.

“There isn’t a definitive date for me however we’ll verify on it, we’ll communicate and we’ll discover out.”

It’s unclear why Brady, who initially announced his retirement in February only to later reverse his decision, is taking the excused absence, but Bowles said it was a plan that had been in place from before preseason training camp began.

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

A perennial underachiever before his arrival, the Bucs won the Super Bowl in Brady’s first season at the helm, earning the legendary QB his seventh Super Bowl ring.

The team fell short of expectations last season, but many are predicting a run at the Super Bowl title again this year, even with their talisman currently out of action.

“We simply work on our apply with Tennessee. Tom [Brady] just isn’t concerned with the coaches,” Bowles added.

The Bucs begin their regular-season towards the Dallas Cowboys on September 11.