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Jeff Tedford takes leave from the Buccaneers to deal with continued health issues

The Buccaneers' new offensive coordinator continues to struggle with health issues after a preseason operation.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without Jeff Tedford for an undetermined amount of time, as the former Cal head coach will reportedly take a leave of absence from the team to tend to his health. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media first reported the news.

Edit: According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Tedford isn't expected back "anytime soon."

Tedford had been limited in his availability to the team after a heart operation in the preseason, but was expected back within the first few weeks after spending time in the press box and at the team facility. That plan will be put on hold, as Tedford's health is not improving enough for he and the Buccaneers to feel comfortable with his involvement on a week-to-week basis.

Marcus Arroyo will continue to run the offense for the time being, as he has been doing for the first three weeks of the season. Former Colorado head coach Jon Embree is also on staff, and may assume a bigger role with the offense with Tedford's leave of absence removing a veteran eye for offense from the practice field and press box. If the former Cal coach isn't slated to return any time soon, the Bucs may have to consider hiring an interim offensive coordinator to help the young Arroyo call the shots.

Tedford should take all the time he needs, as his health is more important than rushing back to coach a football team. Get well soon, Jeff.