By the time the third preseason game comes around, NFL veterans do not even play. They are already warmed up enough for the season and do not want to risk injury. But for Tom Brady – having missed almost two weeks in August due to … “personal things” – he needs some practice runs before the regular season.
Brady will play in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ final exhibition contest this coming Saturday, August 27 against the Indianapolis Colts. Head coach Todd Bowles explained on Thursday that all healthy players will play, in large part because he wants the quarterback and the offensive line to work on in-game chemistry.
On August 11, Bowles addressed the media to announce that Brady would be away from the team to handle “personal things.” The head coach 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.
Tampa Bay Offense Struggles During Tom Brady’s Time Away
“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.”
After a 26-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins in the first 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 team’s regular-season opener is a Sunday Night Football matchup on September 11 against the Dallas Cowboys.