Brady will be out 11 days with Bucs for personal reasons

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Tom Brady was given an 11-day leave of absence from Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp Thursday, something coach Todd Bowles said was planned in advance to deal with “personal stuff.”

Bowles noted that the 45-year-old quarterback’s absence from practice had been scheduled prior to the start of spring training. He added that Brady won’t be back until after the Bucs’ preseason game at Tennessee on Aug. 20.

“Tom got a furlough today… He has some personal stuff to deal with. This is something we talked about before starting the preseason. We set this time because we wanted to create cohesion with the team during two weeks of training, knowing that he would not be able to play the first two games (of preseason),” Bowles said after the end of two days of practices against the Miami Dolphins.

Tampa Bay will open its preseason schedule on Saturday against the Dolphins. The Bucs will also travel to Nashville for two days of practice before taking on the Titans.

Backup quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert, Kyle Trask and Ryan Griffin will split the snaps during Brady’s absence.

Brady, who retired in February only to change his mind six weeks later, also took personal leave last Friday — two days after taking a day off to celebrate his 45th birthday.

Bowles said he estimates his expectation “very high” that Brady will be in the starting lineup when he opens the regular season next month in Dallas.

“Based on our conversation, I’m not worried,” Bowles said.

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