As it turns out, the “scheduled procedure” that Jets coach Rex Ryan underwent Saturday was intended to assist with weight loss.
Specifically, the Associated Press reports that Ryan had “lap-band” surgery on Saturday at NYU Medical Center. He was at home in New Jersey the same day. The procedure, which is less invasive and risky than gastric bypass, places an adjustable band around the stomach.
In 2002, Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis nearly died after undergoing gastric bypass surgery. He later called it “probably the biggest mistake of my life.”
Ryan reportedly weighed 340 pounds at the start of the 2009 season, gaining at least 30 pounds since becoming the team’s head coach.