Tom Brady Taking Break From Buccaneers

Tom Brady was excused from training camp on the first day of what Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles said was a planned, 11-day absence from the team to address "personal things."

Bowles said the break from practice was arranged before camp began, adding that Brady won't return until after the Bucs' preseason game at Tennessee.

Tampa Bay opens the preseason Saturday night against the Dolphins. The Bucs will also travel to Nashville for two days of practice ahead of their game against the Titans.

Backup quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert, Kyle Trask and Ryan Griffin will share snaps during Brady's absence.

"He didn't want to take away reps from Blaine, Kyle, as well as Griff, as far as going into these next two games. That's something he can handle," Bowles said.

"We trust him. We talked about it. It was scheduled way before training camp," Bowles added.

Brady, who retired in February only to change his mind six weeks later, was also excused from practice for personal reasons last Friday.