Tom Brady Returns to Practice After 11-Day Absence, Reason for Excused Leave Revealed

by Bryan Fyalkowski

The G.O.A.T. is back. After 11 days away from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady has returned to practice. During his absence, the team played two preseason games and lost both of them.

Pro Football Network got in touch with sources to confirm why Brady took his excused leave. It was a bit more boring than some theories out there.

“League sources indicated that Brady’s time away from the team included a trip to the Bahamas at an exclusive resort. Primarily for family time with his wife, Gisele Bündchen,” Aaron Wilson wrote on the site. “His commitment to family and having a personal life was at the heart of this hiatus from football. There was no medical emergency, as speculated, or other reasons.”

On August 11, head coach Todd Bowles addressed the media to announce that Brady would be away from the team to handle “personal things.” Bowles said he expected Brady to return sometime soon after Tampa Bay’s second preseason game on Saturday, August 20.

Despite the worriers out there, that timeline turned out to be spot-on.

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Bowles stated that it was not a surprise – Tom Brady’s absence had been essentially planned in advance.

“This is something we talked about before training camp started. We allotted this time,” Bowles explained at the time. “He wanted to go through two weeks of training camp knowing he wasn’t going to play in the first two games. … And we trust him.”

After a 26-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins in the first NFL exhibition game, the Tampa Bay offense put up only 174 yards and fell to Tennessee by a score of 13-3 this past weekend. Against Miami, the Buccaneers out-gained the Dolphins 389-to-242, but had two turnovers that ended up being the difference.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion has returned in time for the Buccaneers’ third tune-up on Saturday, August 27 against the Indianapolis Colts. The team’s regular-season opener is a Sunday Night Football matchup on September 11 against the Dallas Cowboys.