NCIS Los Angeles season 12: Why is Eric Beale not in the NCIS LA series 12 premiere?

NCIS Los Angeles is back with brand new episodes making up series 12 of the CBS drama. The team has returned with Nell Jones (played by Renée Felice Smith) at the reigns after Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt) made her temporarily in change. But while Nell is back in the picture, her on-off boyfriend wasn’t seen in episode one.