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Ryan sidesteps foot queries

Jets coach says videos are ‘personal matter’

Jets coach Rex Ryan has received full support from the front office. Jets coach Rex Ryan has received full support from the front office. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Associated Press / December 23, 2010

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Jets coach Rex Ryan says it’s a “personal matter’’ and declined to talk about a “foot-fetish’’ report posted by the sports website Deadspin that shows four videos of a woman who bears a close resemblance to Ryan’s wife, Michelle.

The videos show a woman displaying her toes to an off-screen cameraman who, in one video, sounds a lot like the coach. The two are having an intimate chat about her feet.

During his news conference yesterday, Ryan declined several times to discuss the situation.

“I understand I’m going to get asked this question frontways, sideways, backways, and all this, but it is a personal matter,’’ he said.

Asked if the NFL might look into the report, spokesman Greg Aiello said the league also considered it a personal matter.

Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said in a brief statement that he and owner Woody Johnson met with Ryan and the coach has their “full support.’’

Like everyone else, they considered it a personal matter.

This isn’t the first time the Jets have turned up on Deadspin this season.

In October, the site reported that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent racy text messages and photos to a former game hostess while he was the Jets quarterback in 2008.

The NFL is still investigating the allegations.

According to Deadspin, the woman in the video goes by the handle “ihaveprettyfeet.’’

A photo from one video clip was splashed across the front of the New York Daily News and showed a woman with her feet hanging out of an SUV. She is approached by someone who is not on camera and he tells her that she has “really beautiful feet.’’

The other videos show the woman sitting on a couch, having a drink, reading a book and sitting on a porch and rubbing her feet.

“My wife’s beautiful,’’ Ryan said when asked about his wife. “We’ve been married for 23 years. She’s awesome.’’

A few weeks ago, before the Jets played New England, Ryan compared his wife with Giselle Bundchen, who is married to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Ryan said he was “also married to a supermodel.’’

“I don’t want to say that I probably shouldn’t have done that,’’ Ryan said.

While the Jets have a big game coming up against the Bears in which they can clinch a postseason berth if they win, the focus again is on the team’s off-field issues.

“We’re going to be ready to play Chicago,’’ Ryan said. “I am ready. This is my job and I’m focused on the job at hand.’’

Most players declined comment on the foot-fetish report, but star cornerback Darrelle Revis supported his coach.

“Foot fetish? Whatever,’’ Revis said. “I mean, that’s his wife. At the end of the day, that’s his wife and he can do whatever he wants with his wife.’’

In other Jets news, quarterback Mark Sanchez was limited in practice yesterday, but insisted he’ll be under center Sunday whether or not his right shoulder is 100 percent.

Collie to IR Colts receiver Austin Collie, who suffered a concussion Sunday against Jacksonville, was placed on injured reserve. Though Collie is in his second year, Manning feels like he’s losing a veteran. Despite missing five games and more than a half in three others, Collie leads all Indy receivers with eight touchdown catches, is second in receptions (58) and third in yards (649). Collie was injured late in the first half against Jacksonville when linebacker Daryl Smith appeared to hit him in the head with his forearm as Collie went low to make a catch. It was his second concussion of the season . . . The following players were also placed IR: Redskins defensive linemen Ma’ake Kemoeatu (left shoulder) and Phillip Daniels (abdominal, groin, hamstring); Cardinals receiver Early Doucet (hip); and Broncos fullback Spencer Larsen (ankle).

Kindle in limbo Ravens rookie linebacker Sergio Kindle might be forced to miss a second straight season in 2011 because of the uncertain status of his fractured skull. Baltimore’s top draft pick this year has yet to play in the NFL. He sat out this season after falling down two flights of stairs in late July at a friend’s house in Austin, Texas. Kindle met with doctors Tuesday and wasn’t given good news about his neurological condition. “It’s up in the air from what they tell me,’’ said Kindle. “Basically, they’re just saying they don’t know. They haven’t dealt with an injury like mine before.’’ Kindle said he doesn’t have any headaches or other symptoms from his head injury . . . Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier is still holding a spot in Sunday’s starting lineup against the Eagles for Favre, his 41-year-old, soon-to-be-retired quarterback in case he recovers quickly from the concussion that knocked him out of the game Monday against the Bears.

Back in Pack Aaron Rodgers returned to practice yesterday for the Packers. With the playoffs still a realistic possibility, he’s expected to start Sunday’s home game against the Giants. And while the QB acknowledges he’ll be careful about sliding instead of taking a direct hit when he scrambles in the future, he says coming back from his second concussion this season won’t fundamentally change the way he plays. “I have zero doubts taking the field,’’ Rodgers said . . . Tight end Antonio Gates likely will sit out the final two games of the regular season to rest his injured right foot in case the Chargers make the playoffs. “I do want to get healthy,’’ Gates said. Gates has missed the last two games with a tear in his right plantar fascia . . . The Titans haven’t thrown a ball to Randy Moss in two straight games but the veteran receiver said he hasn’t ruled out returning to Tennessee next season. “I just want to give the league and the fans something to remember me by, and hopefully if it’s not here in Tennessee it’ll be somewhere else,’’ Moss said. “I wouldn’t mind staying here in Tennessee.’’

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