Rex Ryan was careful how to respond Monday when asked whether he was OK with tight end Charles Clay missing Sunday's game against Oakland to be with his wife as she gave birth to the couple's first child.
"I’m not going to get into every, obviously I never want a player to miss the birth of a child," Ryan said. "I mean obviously that's … so yeah, I would be."
Ryan continued, "I think the communication could have been better throughout, but I’m not going to get into specifics. But for someone to see the birth of a child, I think is obviously a huge day. That’s his first child, so I’m OK with that."
The Bills announced Saturday Clay was not on the team charter to Oakland. He was replaced by Nick O'Leary in the starting lineup. O'Leary and backup tight end Gerald Christian finished with two catches for 22 against the Raiders. After the game, Ryan was asked how much Clay's absence changed the offensive game plan. “I have no idea,” he said. “You know, guys practiced. It would have been nice to have him.”