But you know what they say about believing middle-aged men who willfully get large calf tattoos ...
"No. I could tell you this: The decision not to play him was not related to anything he said in the media," Ryan told ESPN New York on Monday (via SportsRadioInterviews.com). "I can tell you that much for sure. You guys know how I feel about it. We are not going to tell our guys what to say and what they can't say or anything like that."
Ryan did acknowledge a discussion was had with his veteran wideout.
"I am not going to get into our conversation. It was a private conversation," Ryan said. "That was definitely not a reason why and we said yesterday we tried to give Jeremy Kerley opportunities and I thought the young man played well. Going forward each game is different."
All smoke, no fire, according to Ryan.
"That one? This is the one we have a tough time with because supposedly all three of the guys came into me and talked about it and things," Ryan said. "Well that means I was involved in a conversation. I can tell you right now I never heard that kind of conversation with any of them. That's completely false."