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Jeff Tedford will not call plays against Carolina, recovering from heart procedure

The Buccaneers' new offensive coordinator is still recovering from a medical operation, but he will be at the game today.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play their first game under new head coach Lovie Smith today, but will do so without the playcalling of offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, who will attend the game but not call plays as he recovers from a heart procedure.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported on Sunday that Tedford would be in the press box but would not call plays. He also reported the reason for Tedford's absence, which was a heart procedure.

Quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo will call the plays for the Buccaneers on Sunday, who were preparing for a game without Tedford since news of his health issues were first reported.

The fact that Tedford will be at Sunday's game is encouraging, and he'll at least be available to provide insight to his coaches and help navigate the Buccaneer offense on Sunday. The plan all along was for Tedford to coach from the box, so Sunday's game will be a trial run for him to watch his team from above, but without the stress of calling in every play.

We offer our thoughts and prayers to Tedford as he continues to recover from what must be a scary operation.