Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady shall be away from the crew for a time period to “take care of some private issues,” coach Todd Bowles mentioned Thursday.
Bowles mentioned Brady’s absence was mentioned upfront and that he’ll return after subsequent week’s preseason recreation in opposition to the Tennessee Titans on Aug. 20.
“That is one thing we talked about earlier than coaching camp began,” Bowles mentioned. “We allotted this time as a result of he needed to get in and get chemistry with the blokes and undergo two weeks of coaching camp, figuring out he wasn’t going to play the primary two video games. He didn’t need to take away reps from Blaine [Gabbert] and Kyle [Trask], in addition to ‘Griff’ [Ryan Griffin] going into these subsequent two video games, figuring out it’s one thing he must deal with.”
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When requested if the difficulty was health-related, Bowles mentioned, “It’s a private concern. That’s all I can inform you.”
Bowles mentioned he has a “fairly excessive degree of confidence” that Brady would be the beginning quarterback in Week 1 on the Dallas Cowboys.
Bowles had beforehand introduced that Brady wouldn’t play within the preseason opener Saturday in opposition to the Miami Dolphins.
Brady had excused absences Aug. 3 — his beforehand scheduled off day and in addition his forty fifth birthday — and final Friday. The Buccaneers as a crew have been off final Thursday.
Bowles mentioned he didn’t have concern about missed time, largely due to Brady’s expertise and work ethic. He mentioned he doesn’t imagine it is going to disrupt the offense’s development, whilst Brady has labored to achieve chemistry with new teammates akin to huge receivers Julio Jones and Russell Gage and tight finish Kyle Rudolph.
When requested if he was apprehensive Brady’s private concern impacted his dedication to the crew, Bowles mentioned, “Per our dialog, I’m not apprehensive, no.”
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