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Sparano would dominate Jets competition

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has been staging a weight-loss competition with right tackle Damien Woody and nose tackle Kris Jenkins.

Woody revealed Friday he had lost 30-something pounds, but didn't want to get specific until the final weigh-in this weekend. Jenkins said he has lost 26 pounds so far.

Ryan has been shedding pounds since undergoing lap-band surgery in March. He dropped 40 pounds in the first three weeks, getting him down to 310. His target weight was 275.

But neither of them can touch Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano.

He has lost 55 pounds since the end of last season, roughly as much as Woody and Jenkins combined and without the help of a gastric device.

Dolphins running back Patrick Cobbs approached Sparano before their first training camp session Friday.

"He said 'Coach, looks like you lost a little weight.' I said 'Well, I didn't lose a little weight, Pat. I lost a whole person,' " Sparano said.

Sparano began to dwindle after he had knee surgery in February and embarked on a robust rehab regimen under Dolphins strength-and-conditioning coaches Evan Marcus and Dave Puloka.

"I'm in the best physical shape I've been in going into training camp," Sparano said. "I'm excited about it, feel great, got a lot of energy. So I'm sure the boys weren't happy to hear that I have that much energy, but I do."