Todd Bowles on Tom Brady’s Return: ‘No Definitive Date’

Todd Bowles on Tom Brady’s Return: ‘No Definitive Date’
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams in a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. (Nathan Ray Seebeck/USA TODAY Sports via Field Level Media)
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There is “no definitive date” for quarterback Tom Brady’s return to the Buccaneers, head coach Todd Bowles said Thursday.

Brady has been absent from training camp since being excused from practice on Aug. 11.

At the time, Bowles said Brady would be away for personal reasons until “sometime after” Tampa Bay’s second preseason game this Saturday night at the Tennessee Titans.

Bowles declined to provide a firm timeline on Thursday.

“We‘ll see. We’ll talk about it next week,” Bowles told reporters. “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. But we’ll check on it, we‘ll keep in touch and we’ll find out.”

Bowles said he has stayed in contact with Brady and that he remains confident that the seven-time Super Bowl champion will be under center for the Sept. 11 season opener on the road against the Dallas Cowboys.

Brady, who turned 45 earlier this month, led the NFL with 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdown passes in 2021.

The three-time MVP and 15-time Pro Bowl selection is the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown passes and passing yards, attempts and completions.