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Bucs QB Tom Brady has a "banged-up" right ring finger, HC Todd Bowles said Friday. “He’s ready to go,'' Bowles added. "He’s full practice. He took every throw." This doesn't sound like a big deal, but it's not what Brady needs considering all the WR and offensive line injuries he's dealing with. Brady is not a top 12 QB option this week.

Buccaneers QB Tom Brady didn't have a terrible outing in Sunday's loss to the Saints, but he also didn't particularly help your fantasy team. With Chris Godwin and Julio Jones out, Brady completed just 18 of his 34 passes for 190 yards (5.6 yards per attempt) and 1 TD. He found WR Breshad Perriman for the 28-yard score. Brady took just 1 sack and threw no INTs, but he did lose a fumble. We'll see if he gets any pass-catchers back for the Week 3 meeting with Green Bay. He's not likely to have Mike Evans, however, thanks to his suspension for fighting Sunday. Don't be surprised if Brady lands outside our top 12 for Week 3.

Bucs QB Tom Brady will get Wednesdays off all season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Brady, of course, left the team for about a week and a half in August, reportedly to take a vacation with his family. The missed practice time is unlikely to make a difference on game days, but we'll keep an eye on the situation.

Tom Brady went just 18 of 27 passing for 212 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in Sunday night's win over the Cowboys. WR Mike Evans led the group in playing time, targets, catches and yards and caught the lone TD. He supplied a solid 5-71-1 receiving line on 5 looks. WR Julio Jones trailed Evans by just 1 route and finished 2nd with 5 targets. WR Russell Gage checked in 3rd among WRs in usage, with Breshad Perriman close by in a game that saw Chris Godwin injure a hamstring. TE Cameron Brate also played a big role, though he drew just 3 targets. We'd bet on more from this passing offense going forward, even if Godwin misses further time. We'd also bet on Gage's role expanding as he moves further away from his hamstring ailment.

A source close to Bucs QB Tom Brady tells NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that this is expected to be Brady's final season. Brady has said multiple times that he'd play until he was 45 -- and he turned 45 earlier this month. It's also worth noting that Brady isn't under contract for 2023, which Rapoport calls "noteworthy," and has a broadcasting deal waiting from FOX Sports. Of course, Brady has changed his mind on retirement before, so this certainly isn't set in stone. But dynasty owners should be making other plans for 2023 and beyond.

Bucs QB Tom Brady said WR Julio Jones is "really easy to have chemistry with" after Saturday night's preseason game. "Elite wide receiver," Brady said of Jones. The duo connected for a 20-yard gain on their only series of the final exhibition. With WR Russell Gage still sidelined with his hamstring injury -- and WR Chris Godwin coming off his torn ACL -- Jones could open the season with a big role.

Buccaneers QB Tom Brady is back with the team and expected to practice today, according to ESPN's Jenna Laine. With more than 2 weeks to go before the regular-season opener, Brady and his receivers should have plenty of time to get ready.

Bucs HC Todd Bowles said Sunday that QB Tom Brady is expected to re-join the team "early" this week. We'll wait until Brady is actually back before completing closing the book on this story. But it looks like you can draft Brady as you normally would.

Buccaneers HC Todd Bowles said Thursday he wasn't sure when QB Tom Brady will be returning from his leave, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports. Back when Brady left the team, Bowles said they expected the QB back after the 2nd preseason game. That's Saturday night at Tennessee. Is it time to worry yet about Brady's absence? We're not too concerned about his readiness. But Tampa Bay is missing a lot of reps for a group of pass-catchers with some new faces.

Buccaneers HC Todd Bowles says QB Tom Brady is away from the team for personal reasons and not expected back until after the Aug. 20 preseason game against the Titans, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. We have yet to see further explanation. Given that it's Brady and the expected return would still give him a little more than 2 weeks before the start of the regular season, we're not adjusting our fantasy football projections for him or the Tampa WRs.

Update: GM Jason Licht said Thursday afternoon that Brady's absence was a "pre-planned" arrangement. "He'll come back even more focused. It's the least of our concerns," Licht said.

The Athletic’s Greg Auman believes QB Tom Brady will attempt fewer passes in 2022 than he did in 2021. Brady led the league with 719 attempts — 47 ahead of 2nd-place finisher Justin Herbert — so it’s not a bold prediction. Auman is also taking the under on Brady’s sportsbook yardage prop (4,624.5); the over on his TD prop (35.5). His 22nd season might start a bit rocky, depending on the status WR Chris Godwin (ACL). But across 17 games, Brady still projects as a top-12 fantasy QB.

Bruce Arians announced Wednesday that he's stepping down as Bucs HC and moving into a consulting role in the front office. He finishes his tenure as Bucs HC with a 31-18 record and a Super Bowl. DC Todd Bowles has been promoted to HC with a new 5-year contract. It'll be his 2nd go-around as a HC after struggling to a 24-40 record with the Jets from 2015-2018. OC Byron Leftwich will remain in the same position this season. And, with QB Tom Brady back, we're not worried about Arians' departure impacting the offense.

7:15pm EDT 3/13/22

Tom Brady isn't ready to retire after all. He tweeted Sunday evening: "These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG." Brady's decision removes what had been a huge question about who will QB the Buccaneers. He'll return to an offense that will still have WRs Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. We'll see now about TE Rob Gronkowski's decision -- though we'd bet, at the moment, that he'll also return to the Bucs.

Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians said Tuesday in a couple of ways that we shouldn't expect to see QB Tom Brady play for another team in 2022. When asked about the possibility of Brady changing his mind on retirement and asking to be traded, Arians said, "That ain't happening. That's not Tom Brady." But would the Bucs trade him if Brady did make such a request? "Nope. Bad business," Arians said, adding that it would take "Five No. 1's" to acquire the QB. For now, we're assuming Brady sticks to his retirement and not taking him in early best-ball drafts.

Two days after pushing back against reports of his retirement, Buccaneers QB Tom Brady announced Tuesday morning that he is calling it a career. He leaves with NFL records including most career TD passes (624), most career passing yards (84,520) and most career completions, passing yards and TD passes in the playoffs. He led the NFL in completions, pass attempts, passing yards and passing TDs this past season, racking up his highest single-season yardage total (5,316) in the NFL's 1st 17-game season. Brady's retirement leaves 2021 second-round pick Kyle Trask as the only QB under contract for Tampa Bay, so we'd expect a move or 2 at the position this offseason. Blaine Gabbert served as Brady's backup the past 2 years but is headed for free agency in March. The Bucs are set to pick 27th in Round 1 of the NFL Draft. We wouldn't be surprised to see a retirement announcement from Brady buddy TE Rob Gronkowski in the coming weeks as well. For now, we'd avoid Gronk in 2022 best-ball drafts.

1:33pm EST 1/30/22

QB Tom Brady is retiring, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington. Brady's camp has denied the report, and the Bucs say they haven't been informed of Brady's decision. But Schefter wouldn't miss on a story like this -- and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport also confirms that Brady plans to retire. It ends the greatest career in NFL history. Brady won 7 Super Bowls and 3 MVPs across 22 seasons, setting records for career wins, passing yards and passing TDs. The 44-year-old continued to play at a high level this past year, throwing for 5,316 yards and 43 TDs. But he's hanging up the cleats due to health and family reasons, per Schefter. Brady's absence leaves the Bucs with only 2021 2nd-rounder Kyle Trask on the roster at QB.

Bucs QB Tom Brady admitted that he's considering retirement on a Monday appearance on the Let's Go podcast. Brady pointed to his family, saying that his wife hates seeing him get hit and his kids deserve what they need from him as a dad. You know that it'll be painfully tough for Brady to walk away from the game, especially considering how well he's still playing. But it seems like there's a real chance that Sunday's loss to the Rams was his final game. Stay tuned.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians said Monday that he'll play his starters in Sunday's finale vs. the Panthers. Tampa has clinched the NFC South but can move from the #3 seed to #2 with a win and a Rams loss to the 49ers. "You play to win," Arians said. "You play to get that second seed, that’s huge. We’re not resting anybody. We’re playing to win.”

Bucs HC Bruce Arians said after Sunday's win over the Jets that WR Antonio Brown's time with the Bucs is over. That's not a surprise after Brown removed his jersey and left the field in the middle of the 3rd quarter. But it's still a massive loss for a Bucs offense that is also without WR Chris Godwin for the rest of the season. That leaves Breshad Perriman, Cyril Grayson and Tyler Johnson as the top WRs behind Mike Evans. Evans and TE Rob Gronkowski should be the focal points of the passing game in Week 18 and the playoffs.

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