Dr. James Andrews confirmed Wednesday that Mark Sanchez has a labral tear in his right shoulder, and the New York Jets quarterback is “likely to have surgery” that would end his season, according to team and league sources, as well as a source close to Sanchez, ESPN.com reported.

Sanchez still was trying to make a decision on whether to have the surgery now. Sanchez could opt to rehab the shoulder in an effort to play at some point this season, sources said, but still likely would need surgery at the end of the year.

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher squelched talk he might be in line to be the next coach at his alma mater, USC.

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After practice Wednesday, Fisher called the speculation “absurd.” He joked when first asked about USC whether that meant South Carolina.

Fisher is in the second year of a five-year contract with the Rams, who won their season opener for the first time since 2006.

USC coach Lane Kiffin is feeling pressure after a 10-7 loss to Washington State.


• Three former Seahawks — offensive lineman Walter Jones, running back Shaun Alexander and coach Mike Holmgren — are among the first-year-eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 2014 list has 89 players, 16 coaches and 21 contributors.

• Police in Birmingham, Mich., cleared Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh of any charges for waving a pellet gun in front of a cable company worker attempting repairs to a line on the player’s property. Also, Suh said he’s appealing the NFL’s $100,000 fine for his illegal hit Sunday on Vikings center John Sullivan.