Jul 28, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford looks on during training camp at One Buc Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers Rumors: Jeff Tedford may coach vs. Carolina Panthers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are just days away from unveiling their new look team as Lovie Smith’s return to Tampa is almost upon us in an official way. But while Lovie and his crew are about to debut what they’re really all about, one member of the new coaching staff may not be there for the festivities.

Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedfrod recently had a medical procedure performed and has been out of action for the Bucs in training camp. But despite his absence, the Bucs have been holding out hope that he’ll be ready to return for the first game of the season against the Carolina Panthers.

According to NFL.com, the Buccaneers are confident that Jeff Tedford will be on the sidelines for week 1, but even if he’s not the team expects him to be available in some capacity.

The Buccaneers remain confident that offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford will play some role against the Panthers on Sunday after undergoing a surgical procedure last week, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Rushing a coach back is as dumb as rushing a player back, as the Bucs needs Tedford there in his full offensive coordinator role. That might still happen, but Tedford’s health is more important than his role with the team at this point and until he’s truly ready to come back, the Bucs should let him take the time he needs.

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