Tom Brady's absence from Buccaneers camp

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady missed the team's joint practice with the Dolphins on Thursday

It's unclear what exactly is keeping Brady away from the field, but coach Todd Bowles and the Tampa Bay brass knew it was coming.

Bowles didn't guarantee that Brady would be available for Tampa Bay's Week 1 matchup vs. the Cowboys,.

Also noteworthy is that Buccaneers players are aware of the reason for Brady's absence.

We know our quarterback’s good. We’re just praying for him and let him handle his business."

Brady is entering his third season with the Buccaneers, and spent some time retiring and un-retiring earlier this offseason.