First-year Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles is entering his second stint as an NFL head coach.

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Bucs coach Todd Bowles (personal) misses practice

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles missed Wednesday’s practice for personal reasons but is expected to return later in the day and be present for the rest of the week’s preparations.

The team did not disclose the reasons for Bowles’ absence. Assistant head coach Harold Goodwin handled Bowles’ duties, including speaking to the media following practice.

“He’s fine,” Goodwin told the Tampa Bay Times. “Just had to take care of a personal issue, but he’s fine.”

Tom Brady, as expected, didn’t practice Wednesday. He’s expected to sit midweek practices for rest and recovery. He’s also dealing with a minor shoulder issue from last week’s game.

“My shoulder is doing OK,” Brady said Monday on his “Let’s Go!” podcast. “You know, just some bumps and bruises and I kind of took a hit there on it. Got some treatment (Monday). Got a little (Sunday) night. So I’m sure I’ll be fine in the end.”

Tight end Cameron Brate (concussion) and safety Logan Ryan (foot) did not practice either.

The Bucs (2-2) host the Atlanta Falcons (2-2) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; 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. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Todd Bowles on Tom Brady’s return: ‘No definitive date’

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.

–Field Level Media