TAMPA — Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford underwent a medical procedure Monday and might not return to work in time for Thursday night’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins.
Tedford, 52, is entering his first season in the NFL.
”Jeff Tedford wasn’t here today, he had a medical procedure done this morning,’’ Bucs coach Lovie Smith said Monday. “He’s resting comfortably and he’ll be out for a short period of time. Things should be OK.’’
Tedford has never called a play on the NFL level. From 2002 to 2012, he was the head coach at the University of California, where he worked with current Green Bay star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Smith didn’t speculate on a timetable for Tedford’s return, but said his other offensive coaches would be ready to fill in collectively for Tedford Thursday, if needed.
“Our offensive staff will come together and do it,’’ said Smith. “We have a coordinator, yes. From there, there’s always a backup plan. Everything keeps going.’’