Although Tom Brady’s extended number of excused absences from Tampa Bay Buccaneers practices in August made headlines, as well as some fan concerns, the team has apparently been aware of the situation for some time now. .
According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, the 10-day absence was “pre-planned” and “cleared” by the Bucs and his family is “well, despite speculation.”
Last Thursday, head coach Todd Bowles told the media that “TB12” had to miss several days of training camp due to a personal issue. Bowles also said Brady will not return to the club until their second preseason game, which is Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
Breer’s report echoes what the head coach said last week, saying “it’s something we talked about before training camp started” and that “it was planned long before the start of training camp.” training camp”. However, linebacker Devin White created additional buzz when he spoke with reporters when he said “we’re praying for everything that (Brady) is going on as a human being.”
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio recently slammed Tampa Bay, saying he thought the team “messed up” the situation.
“The way he was treated invites curiosity,” he said. “Which gives rise to speculation. As the situation was explained by the team, it could be anything from scheduled family surgery to a vacation in the middle of camp.”
The Buccaneers’ final preseason game is Aug. 27 against the Indianapolis Colts. Brady and company open the regular season on “Sunday Night Football” on Sept. 11 against the Dallas Cowboys.