TAMPA ― Tom Brady was excused from practice Friday for personal reasons.
The Bucs quarterback had an excused absence on his 45th birthday Wednesday, and players had a day off Thursday.
Brady was expected to be back in pads with his teammates Friday as they head into a weekend of training camp workouts before hosting the Miami Dolphins in joint practices next week. Coach Todd Bowles, however, said he couldn’t be sure when Brady will return.
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“We’ll let him do what he needs to do,” Bowles said. “If he’s back (Saturday), that’s great, but we’ll keep in touch and we’ll monitor that.”
On Wednesday, the NFL sanctioned the Dolphins for tampering with Brady while he was with the Patriots in 2019 and 2020, and again this past December with the Bucs. The conversations centered on Brady becoming a minority owner of the team and possibly playing quarterback for Miami in 2022.
The Dolphins forfeited a first-round pick in 2023 and a third-round pick in 2024. Owner Stephen Ross was banned from all league committees until Oct. 17 and fined $1.5 million.
In addition, Bruce Beal, the Dolphins’ vice chairman/limited partner and a friend of Brady’s, was fined $500,000 and may not attend any league meeting for the remainder of the year.
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