Todd Bowles tries to put the proverbial toothpaste back in the tube.
A day after saying there is no set date for quarterback Tom Brady’s return to the team after his break from training camp, the Buccaneers head coach has changed his tone.
“I know exactly when Tom is coming back, and I always said it would be sometime after the Titans game,” Bowles said Friday via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
But Bowles still hasn’t revealed when exactly that will be.
Bowles also somewhat paraphrased Alfred E. Neuman as he tried to quell fears that Brady would be retiring again.
“Do I look worried?” said Bowles, as Stroud noticed the coach’s broad smile. “I’m not worried, so I don’t know why anyone else would worry.”
Bowles had said on Thursday that there was “no definite date for me. … We’ll keep in touch and figure it out,” when talking about Brady’s absence.
Bowles has still not disclosed why Brady has been away from the team since last Thursday, although he did note that he was vague because something unforeseen could delay Brady’s return. The Buccaneers have been saying since last week that Brady’s absence was pre-planned.
Stroud has also previously reported that Brady’s absence has nothing to do with the health of the quarterback or any of his family members.
The Buccaneers will face the Titans on Saturday for their second preseason game.