With the start of the NFL season now on the horizon, someone very notable took an unusual absence from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for more than a week: Tom Brady. 

Brady, who coach Todd Bowles said on Aug. 12 would be excused and absent, finally returned Monday. Now that he’s back, there may finally be clarity on why he was gone from the team for much of the preseason as he prepares to play this upcoming season as a 45-year-old.