Tom Brady will miss the next ten days of practice with the Buccaneers to take care of a personal matter.
Brady will also miss the first two preseason games against the Miami Dolphins and the Tennessee Titans.
Brady was not scheduled to play in the game against the Dolphins this weekend and would have played sparingly against Tennessee had he been available for the second preseason game.
Brady was on the field Wednesday in the first two-day joint practice sessions with Miami leading up to the first preseason game.
Brady was also excused from practice last week when he took care of a personal matter.
In Brady’s absence, Blaine Gabbert and the second-year quarterback Kyle Trask will take most of the reps in practice and the two preseason games.
Bowles said Brady’s personal absence was planned before training camp, and he expects Brady to rejoin the team following the preseason game against the Titans on the 20th.
Bowles said, “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 get two weeks of training camp, knowing he wasn’t going to play the first two games. He didn’t want to take away reps from Blaine and Kyle as well as Ryan going into these next two games. It’s something he needed to handle. We trust him.”
Bowles also added that the plan was for Brady to come in for the first two weeks of training camp to get some chemistry with the new guys (Russell Gage, Julio Jones, and Kyle Rudolph) and then take time off for a personal matter.
Bowles said he would be more worried if Brady did not have the years of experience that he has and his work ethic.
Bowles said “there’s always going to be doubt” about Brady and his availability for the regular season. Still, he has high confidence that Brady will start the season opener in Dallas on September 11.
Is Brady possibly having second thoughts about his commitment to playing a third season for the Bucs?
Not according to head coach Todd Bowles. “Per our conversation, I’m not worried,” he said.
Brady has looked good in training camp so far and was exceptionally sharp in the joint practice session with the Dolphins on Wednesday.
Brady enters this season needing 2,421 passing yards to hit 100,000 yards passing for his career.