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Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford could miss the team's season opener against the Carolina Panthers after surgery.

By SI Wire
September 02, 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford may miss the team’s season opener against the Carolina Panthers after having surgery. 

The type of surgery Tedford underwent was not disclosed. 

Tedford was not with the team during the team’s final preseason game against the Washington Redskins after being hospitalized last week. 

Tedford, 52, was hired this offseason. He previously spent 11 seasons as the head coach at the University of California-Berkeley before he was fired in 2012. 

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"(Tedford is) getting better," Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said to the Tampa Bay Times. "He stopped through this weekend. We're taking our time with him. Again, he's getting better each day. When he'll be back here full time, I don't know.”

Tedford is tasked with improving an offense that was the NFL’s worst last season and scored only 18 points a game. 

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