Tom Brady Jan 16, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after they beat the Philadelphia Eagles in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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.”

“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.

Whatever the reason for Brady’s absence, Bucs fans will certainly hope to see him back as soon as possible.

[Greg Auman]