Friday, January 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jeff Tedford to miss Bucs game against Washington

TAMPA — The Bucs' new-look offense will be without its architect in the final preseason game.

Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford will miss Thursday's home game against Washington as he recovers from an undisclosed medical procedure, coach Lovie Smith said Tuesday.

Tedford had the procedure Monday, but Smith has revealed little else about the first-year assistant's status.

"He is still out for a period of time — we don't know exactly how long," Smith said. "We just know the procedure went well. He's fine, alert, up. We'll take our time with him."

Smith declined to say who will call the plays without Tedford, 52, the former head coach at Cal. Quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo has experience calling plays; he served as an offensive coordinator at Wyoming and Southern Miss.

ROSTER MOVES: CB Danny Gorrer was among the players involved in Tuesday's flurry of transactions to trim the roster to the league-mandated 75 players.

The Bucs placed Gorrer on injured reserve. The Texas A&M product who had 21 tackles in 13 games for the Bucs over the past two years was sidelined with an undisclosed injury since last week.

Injured OT Matt Patchan — an Armwood High alumnus and former Florida Gator — was waived. The team also waived CB Deveron Carr and OT J.B. Shugarts.

The Bucs added two players from waivers: former USF OL Jeremiah Warren and DB Marc Anthony. Warren was a second-team All-Big East guard for the Bulls in 2011 and has been on the Patriots' and Browns' practice squads. Anthony spent last season on the Bucs' practice squad.

BACKUP PLAN: The Bucs plan to play few (if any) starters Thursday. That strategy, Smith said, includes the offensive line, which continues to be in flux.

"We feel good about the group that we're going with, and for most of those guys it's time to get ready for Carolina (the regular-season opener on Sept. 7)," Smith said.

Mike Glennon will probably start at quarterback to rest starter Josh McCown, Smith said.

Glennon is pleased with his preseason and feels like he's grown a lot from where he was this time last year.

"It'll be good to get back out there, get the feel of starting," said Glennon, whose completion percentage is up 10 points from last year's preseason. "It's a dream to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, whether it's in preseason or a regular-season game. I'm really fortunate to be in that situation, so I'm looking forward to it."

INJURY UPDATES: DL Da'Quan Bowers and CB Mike Jenkins remained sidelined. Others who didn't practice: S Major Wright, LB Brandon Magee, S Bradley McDougald, DE William Gholston and CB Rashaan Melvin. Smith said players who have been out this week likely won't play Thursday.

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