Cushing wins revote for defensive rookie of year
UPDATED (3:31 p.m.)...
Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing retained the NFL defensive rookie of the year award for last season that he was given by the Associated Press.
He won a revote taken by the AP after Cushing was suspended for violating the NFL's policy on banned performance-enhancing substances. The results of the new vote were announced Wednesday.
This time, the voting was considerably closer than the 33-vote margin by which Cushing won previously.
According to the AP, Cushing received 18 votes in balloting of media members. Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd finished second with 13 votes.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III received 10 votes, Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo got three votes and St. Louis Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis received one vote.
Three voters were not available and two abstained, the AP reported.
The AP announced Monday that it would take the revote.
That came after the NFL announced last week that Cushing had been suspended for the first four games of next season without pay.
The AP reported that Cushing tested positive in September for human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG, a fertility drug that is on the NFL's list of banned substances because it can be used by steroid users to help restart natural testosterone production. Cushing later tested negative several times, the AP reported.
In the original vote for defensive rookie of the year, the results of which were announced in January, Cushing received 39 of 50 votes in balloting by media members.
Byrd finished second that time with six votes. Matthews received three votes and Orakpo got two votes.
Cushing lost his spot on the AP second-team all-pro team in another revote, the wire service reported.
Under NFL rules, Cushing is ineligible to be selected to next season's Pro Bowl.
May 12, 2010; 2:38 PM ET
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