One of the strangest stories in the NFL right now continues to get weirder.
Tom Brady has been excused from Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp and the preseason since Aug. 11, with head coach Todd Bowles initially saying that the expectation was that the seven-time Super Bowl Champion would return to the team "somewhere around after" their second preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.
The Titans will host the Buccaneers Saturday evening, so "somewhere around after" is rapidly approaching. It doesn't seem like a return from Brady is necessarily coming up as quickly.
"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," Bowles said Thursday, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.
"I said sometime after Tennessee. There’s no definitive date for me. We’ll keep in touch and find out."
Beyond saying that the 45-year-old was "going to deal with some personal things," there's been radio silence from the Buccaneers on what caused Brady to take a leave so close to the regular season. Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times has reported that this absence was scheduled, and both Brady and the entirety of his family are in good health.
Now that the Deshaun Watson punishment is final, all eyes around the NFL will move to this story. If Brady doesn't return to the Buccaneers early next week, it's going to be harder for Bowles to fend off questions about what's going on.