Tom Brady is away from the rest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for an excused absence. However, it's not going to be a short break away from his team. The veteran quarterback is not expected to return until after the Bucs' preseason game vs. the Titans on Aug. 20.
"#Bucs QB Tom Brady is not at practice today for personal, non-football reasons. Coach Todd Bowles will discuss it after practice, but my understanding is he won't be present for a few days," Rapoport wrote.
Is there cause for concern? Some fans are speculating Brady may be re-considering retirement. After all, Tampa Bay's offensive line is a mess due to a number of concerning injuries.
However, NFL insider Ian Rapoport just offered more clarity on the situation. He says the Bucs are "on board" with Brady's absence and understands it may take a while before he returns.
"Tom Brady is fine and the team is on board with his reasons for being absent. But it'll be a little bit before he's back," said Rapoport.
No matter how you spin it, there's reason to be concerned about Tom Brady's extended absence from practice.
Buccaneers star linebacker Devin White told reporters just moments ago that he's going to be "praying" for Brady.
“On the inside we know what’s going on. We know our quarterback’s good. We’re just praying for him and let him handle his business," said White.
We hope for the best for Brady and his family. Hopefully everything's okay.
The veteran quarterback is expected to be ready to go by Week 1 of the 2022 season.