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Rob Ryan: Lifetime movies, not injuries, make me cry

Rex Ryan told the New York media this week that Rob Ryan -- his twin brother and defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys -- cried to him on the phone after star linebacker Sean Lee was lost for the season to a toe injury.

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On Friday, Rob clarified that he doesn't cry about his football team. Basic-cable programming aimed at middle-aged women? That's a different story.

"That guy's so full of crap," Rob said of Rex, according to NFL.com and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "... Was I bitching to him? Sure. We have so many damn injuries. Of course I was bitching to my twin brother. We've only had like two guys not get hurt this year on defense, which is crazy, so I was bitching to him. He did talk me off the plank. Football hardens you. Injuries are part of it. You know that. I know that. It's the worst part of the game, but I wasn't crying tears, actual tears.

"I save that for the movies I watch with my wife. You know, Lifetime. My God, you guys ever watch Lifetime? Jesus, God almighty. Don't. Trust me, don't."

Ahhhhh, the Ryan brothers. Don't ever change, guys.

Ryan also appears to have taken issue with how the Cowboys' season-opening win over the New York Giants has been perceived.

"I understand we played the Giants before and the only reason we stopped them was their lack of execution," he said. "It had nothing to do with our players or our scheme. That's been well documented. That was said. They give a lot of credit where credit is due, and it's just because of their lack of execution.

"We got the message, we understand that. That'll be great. We're looking forward to that challenge. They're the Super Bowl champs. We've given them nothing but respect. They've hung a million yards up on us before. Then when we played them the first game of the year, they just had a bad day."

On Sunday, the Cowboys get their chance to prove it wasn't a fluke.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @danhanzus.

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