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Rex Ryan stays far, far away from any questions about La'el Collins

Rex Ryan talked to the media for more than 23 minutes Wednesday.

He only needed about 23 seconds to bat aside any and all questions pertaining to LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins.

Ryan flew to Louisiana for a dinner Monday with Collins, just hours after the player had finished meeting with homicide detectives who are investigating the murder of Brittney Mills. Collins and Mills reportedly had a romantic relationship, and Collins is rumored to be the father of the child Mills was carrying at the time of her death. That baby died a week later.

Louisiana police have said that Collins is not a suspect at this time, but have kept open the possibility of speaking with him again during the course of the investigation.

"There is that possibility of more questioning of Mr. Collins," Baton Rouge Police public information officer Don Coppola told Gannett Louisiana on Monday afternoon. "No one can be ruled out until an arrest has been made."

Ryan was largely mum on the topic Wednesday when speaking with Western New York reporters, as evidenced by this exchange:

Q: Can you address your interest ... in La'el Collins?

Ryan: "You know, I did have dinner with him, and that's really the extent of it."

Q: Is there interest?

Ryan: "Well, I had dinner with him."

Q: Are there concerns?

Ryan: "When you look at it from my perspective, I had the opportunity to have dinner with him, and that's what I did. I'll just leave it at that."

Q: Would you have hesitation bringing in La'el Collins based on your conversation with him and the investigation down there?

Ryan: "I'm going to leave my conversation with him that I had. I had dinner with the young man. I'm just going to leave it that way. You can ask it a different way if you want, but it's the same answer you're going to get."

Ryan also refused to discuss what he thinks of Collins' performance on the field, saying "I'm not going to get into that. I'm really not."

Collins was expected to be a first-round draft pick last Thursday before his name surfaced as a person police were interested in interviewing as part of the investigation. He went undrafted after his representatives told teams he would not sign and would instead re-enter the draft next year unless he was selected in the first three rounds.

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