‘Praying for whatever is happening’

(CNN) — Tom Brady is taking some time off from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to “deal with personal things,” according to team head coach Todd Bowles.

The 45-year-old quarterback missed practice on Thursday, and Bowles told reporters he would not return until after the team’s second preseason game on August 20.

“Tom is forgiven today,” Bowles said. “He’ll be back to Tennessee sometime later. He’s going to deal with some personal things.

“We talked about this before the training camp started. We allotted this time because he wanted to adjust with the boys and go through a two-week training camp. ,

Bowles did not elaborate on the reason for Brady’s absence, but said it was a plan that had already been put in place before training camp began, and he was confident Brady would play a key role in the team’s season-opening Week 1 clash. Will return for against the Dallas Cowboys.

“Obviously, there’s always going to be skepticism,” Bowles said, “but I have a high level of confidence, yes.”

Books linebacker Devin White said Brady has the full support and understanding of his team.

“He’s a big guy – (much bigger) than most of us in the locker room, and he’s a human at the end of the day,” White said. “He’s got personal problems going on, but he’s a guy who’s been doing this for so long, he doesn’t need to be here.

“If he’s not here, we know he’s still working. He’s got a great supporting cast around and he’s going to get his work done whether he’s here or not, so when he comes back, He will never give up and that is the only important thing.

“But more than football, we are praying for what we are doing as a human being and we hope that everyone does and we ask him the same – his well being. Football comes in second Yes, he comes first as a human being.

Since joining the Books in 2020 from the New England Patriots, Brady – the league’s oldest quarterback – has helped dramatically improve the team’s success.

A perennial underachiever before his arrival, the Bucs won the Super Bowl in Brady’s first season—his seventh Super Bowl ring.

The team fell short of expectations last season, losing in the playoffs to eventual Super Bowl winners, the Los Angeles Rams.

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