Cowboys' Rob Ryan to have lap band surgery

Published Mar. 31, 2012 10:17 p.m. ET

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will be undergoing a lap band procedure before the start of the season his brother, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, said this week at the NFL Owner's meetings, according to a report by The USA Today.

The report stated that Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett declined to comment on Ryan's personal health, but did confirm that he would not be missing any time due to the surgery and that he would be a part of the team's offseason program, mini camps and training camp.

Rob's twin brother Rex underwent the procedure in 2010 as a preventive measure to get his health and weight under control.

"I'm doing exactly what I want to do, which is coaching in the National Football League," Rex Ryan told the New York Post in 2010 after having the surgery. "And I'm a head coach in the National Football League...but if you don't have your health, you don't have nothing. I want to be around and enjoy my kids, see my grandkids.”

The lap band procedure places a silicon device around the upper portion of the stomach, restricting the size of the organ, limiting a person's food intake, reducing their appetite and slowing down the digestive process.

Ryan would not be the first Dallas Cowboy to undergo a surgery to help with their weight.

Former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton underwent a gastric sleeve procedure in February 2010.  

Newton, who won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys in the 1990's, weight around 325 pounds during his playing days and topped 400 pounds after he retired.  But after having the gastric sleeve procedure, Newton dropped 180 pounds in 10-months.