Superstar quarterback Tom Brady is back for another NFL season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this year after briefly retiring, but head coach Todd Bowles revealed on Thursday that the seven-time Super Bowl champion is not currently with the team, and won’t be until after the team’s preseason matchup with the Tennessee Titans.
While Bowles was vague about Brady’s absence, he did reveal that Brady is leaving the team to deal with “some personal things.”
Here’s what Todd Bowles said about Tom Brady being away from the team until after next week’s game vs. Titans. pic.twitter.com/Y55qLMQgxB
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 11, 2022
“Tom has been excused today. He’ll be back sometime around after Tennesse,” Bowles said on Thursday according to Greg Auman from The Athletic. “He’s going to deal with some personal things. 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. … This is something he can handle. We trust him. We talked about it. It was scheduled way before training camp.”
Naturally, the surprising news came as a shock to the NFL world, who took to social media to react and speculate about the future Hall of Famer’s absence.
Hope everything is ok with Brady and his family. Bucs LB Devin White says, “On the inside we know what’s going on. We know our quarterback’s good. We’re just praying for him and let him handle his business.”
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) August 11, 2022
So the league says the Dolphins tampered with Tom Brady.
Brady was reportedly offered ownership in the Dolphins. Then he retired. An investigation starts and he goes back to Tampa.
Now the Bucs are having joint practices with Miami and Brady is away from the team for 11 days.
— Drew Garrison (@DrewGarrison) August 11, 2022
Goodness. Put everything football related aside…I hope everything's alright. https://t.co/LOvpUBCyFX
— Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL) August 11, 2022
Just odd https://t.co/fltcQtm5EV
— Daren Stoltzfus WESH (@DarenStoltzfus) August 11, 2022
tom brady to LIV confirmed https://t.co/e1Cg45mL0B
— Emerson Lotzia, Jr. (@EmersonLotzia) August 11, 2022
Whatever the reason for Brady’s absence, Bucs fans will certainly hope to see him back as soon as possible.