Bill Cowher is out of the running for the New York Jets' vacant coaching job.

The team planned to sit down with the former Super Bowl-winning coach, and Cowher had expressed interest in the job, a person familiar with the search said earlier yesterday. But the negotiations never advanced to scheduling a formal meeting.

"After reaching out to Coach Cowher's representatives, we were informed tonight that he is not a candidate for the position," Jets spokesman Bruce Speight said last night.

The 51-year-old Cowher was 161-99-1 in 15 seasons with the Steelers, including a Super Bowl victory in 2006.

The Jets will meet with New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo on Saturday. New York is also expected to interview a pair of in-house candidates: offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and offensive line coach Bill Callahan.

Spagnuolo is also on the list of candidates in Detroit and Cleveland. The Giants hired the former Eagles assistant in 2007.

Favre's shoulder. Jets quarterback Brett Favre, 39, reportedly has a torn biceps tendon in his right arm that will not require major surgery, ESPN reported.

Favre could have arthroscopic surgery to repair the injury but might be able to play without having an operation, the network reported.

Browns. Cleveland has scheduled an interview with Eric Mangini, the fired Jets coach, a person with knowledge of the meeting said.

Owner Randy Lerner is also trying to meet with Spagnuolo, as well as Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Lerner set up an interview today with Scott Pioli, New England's vice president of player personnel, for the vacant general manager's position. Lerner also has permission to interview Atlanta president Rich McKay.

Browns coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Phil Savage were fired after a 4-12 season.

Bills. Buffalo coach Dick Jauron will return despite a third consecutive 7-9 season, owner Ralph Wilson said.

Wilson retained the entire coaching staff but would not say whether Jauron received a contract extension beyond next season.

Lions. General manager Martin Mayhew will have final say on all football-related decisions, the team announced.

Detroit became the first team to go 0-16, leading to the firing of coach Rod Marinelli on Monday.

Detroit has permission to interview Washington Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray and reportedly has sought permission to talk to the Giants' Spagnuolo.

Rams. St. Louis' first candidate for head coach will be Winston Moss, the Green Bay Packers' assistant head coach and linebackers coach, who will be interviewed at the end of the week. General manager Billy Devaney said interim coach Jim Haslett, 2-10 after replacing Scott Linehan, would be a finalist for the job.

49ers. Mike Martz, the coach who took St. Louis to the 2002 Super Bowl, was fired as San Francisco's offensive coordinator by coach Mike Singletary.

It was Martz's third firing in less than three calendar years, including departures from St. Louis and Detroit.

Texans. Coach Gary Kubiak fired coordinator Richard Smith, secondary coach Jon Hoke and defensive line coach Jethro Franklin. The team finished 8-8 for the second straight year.

Kubiak said he would retain assistant defensive backs coach Ray Rhodes, the former Eagles coach.

Falcons. Atlanta running back Michael Turner was involved in a domestic dispute Monday night with the mother of his infant child, Gwinnett County Police Corp. David Schiralli said.

Police made no arrests and do not plan to file charges.

Turner finished second in the NFL with 1,699 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns to earn his first Pro Bowl invitation.

Noteworthy. Gary Brackett, a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, will miss Saturday's playoff game with a fracture in his lower right leg. The former Glassboro High star has missed four games since being injured Nov. 30. . . . Sam Madison, a veteran cornerback for the Giants, was placed on injured reserve. He broke his right ankle in the regular-season finale against the Minnesota Vikings.

The NFL confirmed that next season's Pro Bowl will be played in Miami's Dolphin Stadium a week before the Super Bowl is played there. . . . Andre Rison, a retired NFL receiver who played for seven teams, was arrested and cited for public intoxication after an early-morning disturbance Monday at a San Antonio hotel. He paid an $85 fine for the misdemeanor offense and was released, police said.