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Rex Ryan passes on chance to pump up 'Deflategate' scandal

Someone take Rex Ryan's temperature.

There is a chance the Buffalo Bills' coach isn't feeling too well.

Twice in the past week, Ryan has had an opportunity to throw a little gasoline on the fire that is his rivalry with the New England Patriots, but each time he's chosen not to light the match.

Ryan was asked Friday after the Bills' rookie minicamp about his reaction to the findings of independent investigator Ted Wells into whether the Patriots had knowingly deflated footballs to create an unfair advantage.

"Obviously that's a league issue," Ryan said. "I guess when they determine whatever it is, if anything, then maybe I'll have some focus on it. But right now my focus is clearly on this football team and trying to get this thing better. Whatever the league comes up with, we'll address when that happens."

Earlier in the week, Ryan said he had no issue with his possible starting quarterback -- Matt Cassel -- hanging out with some of the Patriots including Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski -- on Kentucky Derby weekend.

Look, Gronk does a great job here in this community, too, locally," Ryan said. "I was out with him, Fred Jackson, myself did some things, Garth Brooks, he was here. Absolutely not.

Off the field, there's a little fraternity in football players and things like that. They're your enemy when you play them, but that certainly isn't the case anywhere else. I've gotten my picture with Wes Welker at a Derby a couple years ago. So there's all of it. I think there's respect in this league with guys you've played against and all that. That doesn't mean you don't want to beat him, because you certainly do."

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