The 45-year-old NFL legend Tom Brady is back. The veteran quarterback indeed returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the first time on Monday since 11th August. Due to some unrevealed personal issues he has been missing for an extended time.
Tom Brady returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers facility on Monday for the first time since August 11, according to the NFL Network. The quarterback star would start practicing with the team from Monday afternoon which comes after 11 days being exempted from the training camp for “personal reasons.”
Moreover, this appears following Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowels told there was no firm timeline when it comes to Brady returning to the team as per reports.
On Thursday Bowles said :“We’ll see. We’ll talk about it next week. I’m not concerned about it right now. We’re trying to practice against Tennessee and play a game. I said sometime after Tennessee. There’s no definitive date for me. We’ll keep in touch and find out.” [H/T Popculture.com]
Bowles said on Sunday that it was expected from Brady to return to the team this week but did not disclose the exact day. No decision has been made about Brady playing Tampa Bay’s final preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Brady is playing in the 23rd NFL season and third with the Buccaneers. Brady declared his retirement from NFL in February, but then also decided to return to the league in the month of March. In late July and early August Brady missed four days of camp besides his long absence.
According to ESPN, all of his absences have been approved by the Buccaneers. Brady talked about when he will retire for good, in an interview with Variety back in July.
“I really don’t (know when I’ll be done playing),” Brady said at that time, “I would say it’s year to year: Could this be my last year? Absolutely. Could I change my mind? Absolutely. I’ve realized I don’t have five years left. I want to do it my way. I want to give it everything I got and see where I’m at. My body feels really good. I’ve had a lot of traumatic injuries over the years, but if things go really smoothly and we win, that’d be great.”
“I made the decision in the moment, and I felt it was the right thing for the team to let the Bucs know. “You need time to plan. And then through conversations with Bruce [Arians, the team’s former coach], Jason [Licht, general manager] and my wife, I felt like I could still play and compete,” he added.