The 45-year-old quarterback left practice Thursday, and Bowles told reporters he would not return until after the team’s second preseason game on Aug. 20.
“Tom has been forgiven today,” Bowles said. “He’ll be back sometime after Tennessee. He’s going to deal with some personal stuff.
“It’s something we talked about before training camp started. We set this time aside because he wanted to get chemistry with the guys and get through two weeks of 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 going into these next two games.”
Bowles did not elaborate on the reason for Brady’s absence, but said it was a plan that was in place before training camp began and was confident that Brady would be ready for the team’s season opener in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys. Will return to the match.
“Obviously, there’s always going to be doubt,” Bowles said, “but I have a lot of confidence, yeah.”
Bucs linebacker Dion White said Brady has the full support and understanding of his team.
“He’s a big guy — (bigger) than most of us in the locker room, and he’s a human being at the end of the day,” White said. “He’s got personal issues 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 around him and he’s going to get his work done whether he’s here or not, so when he comes back Will come, he will never be defeated and that is the only important thing.
“But more than football, we’re praying for what he’s doing as a human being and we hope everyone else is doing the same and we’re just praying for him — his well-being.” “Football comes second, being human comes first.”
Since joining the Bucs in 2020 from the New England Patriots, Brady has helped dramatically improve the team’s success.
A perennial underdog before his arrival, the Bucs won the Super Bowl in Brady’s first season. 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 having the oldest quarterback in the league, the predictions for the Bucs are sky high again this season: Super Bowl or bust.