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Bucs OC Jeff Tedford taking indefinite leave


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford is taking an indefinite leave from the team, which is off to an 0-3 start in his absence.

The former University of California coach underwent an undisclosed ''medical procedure'' on Aug. 25. He has worked part-time since, leaving game-planning to the remainder of the offensive staff and play-calling to quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo.

The Bucs did not reveal the exact nature of the surgery when it was performed. Coach Lovie Smith has said the offensive coordinator ''is getting better'' while also reiterating there's no definitive timetable for his return.

Tedford, 52, coached at Cal from 2002-12. He's in his first season with the Bucs.

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A brief team statement Tuesday said the coaching staff ''will continue to work collectively to fulfill'' Tedford's duties.


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