45 years old Man, Tom Brady on unexplained absence

Will we ever find out what caused Brady’s absence? Unless the quarterback wants us to, probably not. Then again, “The Masked Singer” is scheduled to premiere less than a month from now.

Tom Brady is back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but we still don’t quite know what caused him to miss 11 days of training camp (unless you’re still convinced by “The Masked Singer” theory).

Brady, for his part, doesn’t seem interested in enlightening the public on what happened, and that continued on Saturday after the Bucs’ preseason finale against the Indianapolis Colts. Asked about the absence during his postgame news conference, Brady’s answer was at least honest in spirit.

Fortunately for the Buccaneers, the week-plus off didn’t appear to impact Brady on the field. The seven-time Super Bowl champion was sharp in his lone series against the Colts, going 6-of-8 for 44 yards in his only appearance of preseason.

45-year-old guys sometimes have to start dealing with some things that maybe they don’t necessarily want to see printed up in the tabloids. Maybe Brady had to have some hemorrhoid surgery (that is a real thing, not just a joke) or a varicocelectomy or some other minor but typically middle-aged procedure or condition that takes 10 days or so to recover from or get over.