Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles said Thursday the first day he was exempt from training camp was an 11-day absence from the team to address “personal things.”
Bowles said the 45-year-old quarterback’s break from practice had been arranged before camp began, adding that Brady would not return until after the Bucs’ presidency game in Tennessee on August 20.
“Tom is forgiven today. … He’s going to deal with some personal things. It’s something we talked about before training camp started. We allocated this time because he’s two wanted to connect and chemistry with the boys for weeks at training camp, knowing he wasn’t going to play the first two (preseason) games,” Bowles said after concluding a two-day controlled scrimmage against the Miami Dolphins .
Tampa Bay opened the preseason Saturday night against the Dolphins. The Bucks will also travel to Nashville for two days of practice before their game against the Titans.
Backup quarterbacks Blaine Gabert, Kyle Trusk and Ryan Griffin will share photos during Brady’s absence.
“He didn’t want to take reps from Blaine, Kyle, as well as Griff to go into these next two games. That’s something he can handle,” Bowles said. “We trust him. We talked about it. It was scheduled before training camp.”
Brady, who retired in February only to change his mind six weeks later, was also exempted from practice last Friday for personal reasons – two days after the day off set for his 45th birthday.
Bowles said his confidence level is “high enough” that Brady will be in the lineup for the regular season opener in Dallas next month.
“As of our conversation, I’m not worried,” Bowles said.