Tom Brady takes leave of absence from Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Brady is taking a leave of absence from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

According to Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles, Brady is taking a leave of absence and will be away from the team to deal with a personal matter until after their Aug. 20 preseason game vs. the Tennesee Titans.

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From 97.1 The Ticket:

The development was revealed by several NFL reporters, including NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who noted that the future Hall of Famer “is fine” and his absence was not related to football.

Buccaneers officials were “on board” with Brady's extended nonattendance, Rapoport added.

However, Bowles declined to firmly commit to having Brady back in the fold for Tampa Bay's Week 1 contest against the Dallas Cowboys, scheduled for Sept. 11 on Sunday Night Football. Brady's absence was planned and had been discussed before camp started, Bowles added.

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