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Tom Brady returns to the Bucs

The quarterback is back with the team for the first time since Aug. 11, when coach Todd Bowles said he had been excused for “personal reasons.”
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) participates in mandatory minicamp in June at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa. Brady, away from the team since Aug. 11 for "personal reasons," is expected to return today.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) participates in mandatory minicamp in June at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa. Brady, away from the team since Aug. 11 for "personal reasons," is expected to return today. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]
Published Aug. 22|Updated Aug. 22

TAMPA — Tom Brady is back with the Bucs.

For the first time since being excused for “personal reasons” on Aug. 11, the quarterback rejoined his team Monday morning.

The Bucs begin practice at 12:45 p.m. Brady missed the first two preseason games against the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 13 and Tennessee Titans Saturday.

Head coach Todd Bowles said Sunday he remains uncertain whether Brady will play in the Bucs’ final preseason game Aug. 27 at Indianapolis.

It’s uncertain whether Brady will be available to the media or address the reason for his absence in any way. The team plans to leave that decision to him.

The team Brady returns to continues to have concerns about its offensive line.

Right tackle Tristan Wirfs is day-to-day with an oblique injury he suffered during pass rush drills with the Titans last week. Guard Aaron Stinnie suffered a season-ending knee injury Saturday, tearing his ACL and MCL while playing 40 snaps in the preseason game.

In addition, rookie guard Luke Goedeke struggled in his first start at left guard, committing two holding penalties and allowing a quarterback sack.

The Bucs also are without receivers Mike Evans (hamstring) and Chris Godwin, who continues to recover from an ACL injury.

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