Tom Brady to overlook 10-plus days in what Bucs name a pre-planned absence

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NFL quarterbacks don’t normally miss an prolonged time frame shortly earlier than the season begins, however Tom Brady shouldn’t be a ordinary quarterback.

The 45-year-old is ready to be absent from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for no less than 10 days, the staff revealed Thursday. Bucs officers performed down the event as nothing for followers to be alarmed about and expressed confidence Brady shall be prepared to steer Tampa Bay in its Week 1 matchup towards the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 11.

“There’s not many 45-year-olds playing at an MVP level with seven Super Bowls in their back pocket,” Basic Supervisor Jason Licht said with a smile on Tampa radio station WDAE, “so we’re not at all concerned about that.”

Licht added that Brady’s beforehand unannounced absence, which started Thursday, had been within the works.

“He’s going to deal with some personal things,” Coach Todd Bowles informed reporters after observe Thursday. “It’s something we talked about before training camp started.”

Bowles indicated that Brady, who briefly retired after final season earlier than altering his thoughts and returning to the Bucs, was profiting from the truth that he was going to be held out of Tampa Bay’s first two preseason video games. The staff hosts the Miami Dolphins on Saturday earlier than touring to Tennessee to play the Titans on Aug. 20. Tampa Bay’s preseason slate ends with a highway recreation on the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 27, then it faces Dallas on “Sunday Night Football” to start the common season.

Bowles mentioned Brady would return after the Titans recreation. Within the meantime, the coach mentioned, his absence helps the staff’s backup quarterbacks — Blaine Gabbert, Kyle Trask and Ryan Griffin — achieve invaluable coaching reps.

“We trust him,” Bowles, in his first season because the Bucs’ head coach, mentioned of Brady. “We talked about it.”

When requested if the quarterback’s problem was health-related, Bowles mentioned: “It’s a personal issue. That’s all I can tell you.”

Bowes mentioned he had a “pretty high” degree of confidence that Brady shall be below middle in Week 1.

Brady’s degree of dedication to the Bucs has been questioned in some quarters following the revelation that, regardless of his contractual standing with Tampa Bay, he and his agent had impermissible contact with the Dolphins throughout and after the 2021 season. That information emerged from an NFL investigation leading to punishment to the Dolphins’ proprietor, Stephen Ross, and his staff for violating league insurance policies associated to the integrity of the sport.

That dalliance with Miami, which the NFL additionally revealed included impermissible communication in 2019 and 2020, when Brady was a member of the New England Patriots, continued to hover over the Bucs this week as a result of they’re spending a number of days practising towards the Dolphins forward of their preseason matchup.

Brady has not spoken with the media concerning the NFL investigation. After he and Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa have been noticed conversing Wednesday on the observe area, the Miami starter informed reporters he was choosing the mind of the 22-year NFL veteran for recommendations on methods to maintain such gorgeous longevity.

As to his emotions on the Dolphins’ years-long pursuit of Brady — which can not fairly be over — Tagovailoa mentioned Wednesday: “I’m still here. To me, that’s all noise at this point.”

Bowles, when requested Thursday if had any issues that Brady’s absence was associated to a presumably wavering dedication to the Bucs, replied, “Per our conversation, I am not worried, no.”

“Of course, we were going to let him do what he needs to do,” Licht said of Brady in his radio look. “He’s focused as ever. He’ll come back even more focused. It’s the least of our concerns. … Business as usual here.”

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