Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair will miss the final three games of the season and undergo surgery to strengthen the bruised sternum that has plagued him most of the year.

Coach Jeff Fisher said a chief consideration is that McNair, the NFL’s co-MVP last season, will need the surgery even if he never plays football again to fix the damage caused by three injuries to his sternum.

DOLPHINS Hold off on SABAN: The Miami Dolphins will put their courtship of LSU coach Nick Saban on hold to comply with the NFL’s hiring policy by interviewing a minority candidate, a team source told The Associated Press.

NFL FINES PLUMMER: Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer was fined $5,000 by the NFL for making an obscene gesture during last week’s game against Miami.

BRONCOS LOSE ELLISS: Broncos defensive lineman Luther Elliss will miss the rest of the season because of a herniated disc in his lower back.

BULGER LIKELY OUT: St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger still has soreness in his sprained right shoulder, making it unlikely that he will play Sunday against Arizona.

BROWN OUT: Tennessee running back Chris Brown will not play Sunday against the Oakland Raiders because of a turf toe injury.

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