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Jets' Ryan gets stomach band surgery for weight

Jets coach Rex Ryan apologizes Sunday for making

Jets coach Rex Ryan apologizes Sunday for making an obscene gesture at Dolphins fans during a mixed martial arts event on Saturday. Credit: AP

Rex Ryan probably ate heartily during dinner with general manager Mike Tannenbaum and other club brass Friday night as the Jets tried to get LaDainian Tomlinson to sign on the dotted line.

It probably was his last meal featuring generous portions.

Ryan, who hasn't been able to get a handle on his weight, had lap-band surgery at New York University Medical Center on Saturday. He was back at his New Jersey home later that night.

During a lap-band procedure, a plastic band that encircles the patient's stomach is inserted, which essentially shrinks the stomach and also curbs appetite.

Ryan's weight has fluctuated since he joined the Jets, and he playfully has poked fun at his shape. He had fun with the media during training camp when he went on a liquid diet and lost 20 pounds, giving almost daily updates.

But Ryan, who weighed about 340 pounds at the season's outset, gained the weight back. He might have become convinced that he had to get better control of things when he kept seeing himself plastered all over ESPN in unflattering fashion.

Ryan's stomach was briefly exposed early last month while he changed from a Flyers jersey into a Hurricanes jersey during an NHL game between Carolina and Florida. The footage was less than flattering and quickly became a hot YouTube video, perhaps spurring Ryan to drop some more weight.


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