On Thursday morning, Tom Brady didn't appear at practice. Bucs head coach Todd Bowles revealed shortly thereafter that the veteran quarterback will miss the next 10 or so days for an excused absence. It's still unclear what the specific reason for the absence is.
However, NFL insider Ian Rapoport has helped paint a clearer picture. He's heard this is not a medical emergency and that Brady's family is fine. The best description of Brady's absence he received is that the Buccaneers quarterback cares greatly about a "work/life balance."
Maybe things aren't going so well at home and Brady is trying to take care of it? Whatever the reason may be, it's bad enough for the 45-year-old to miss a significant portion of preparation for the 2022 season.
"To my knowledge Tom Brady & his family are fine and it's not a medical emergency.. the best description I got was it's important to find a work/life balance," said Rapoport.
We certainly hope everything is okay in the Brady household and that he gets things squared away.
In the meantime, Blaine Gabbert will be the first-team quarterback and Kyle Trask will serve as his backup.