Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady missed practice Thursday for personal reasons and will not return to the team until after the Bucs’ second preseason game on Aug. 20 against the Titans, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters.
“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 go through 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 (Gabbert) and Kyle (Trask), as well as (Ryan Griffin), as far as going into these next two games.”
The Bucs and Miami Dolphins have engaged in joint practices the past two days and will face off in their respective preseason openers Saturday night. Bowles previously said Brady would not play in the game.
It’s already been a bit of a tricky camp for Bowles in his first camp running the Bucs in terms of missing key figures. The Buccaneers saw starting center Ryan Jensen go down with a serious knee knee injury that will keep him out indefinitely.