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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.

By Mark Maske  |  May 12, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  | Category:  Awards , Steroids , Texans Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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AP is just a bunch of liberals, anything goes. Gay marrage, illegal im........

Posted by: hessone | May 13, 2010 9:08 AM

What's going through these voters' minds---Gee, the kid was 60% better than anyone else, so never mind that the 'roids made him only 50% better.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | May 13, 2010 8:16 AM

The AP has now lost any and all credibility.......report the illegal substance violation, the stripping of his MVP award--then what?--vote him MVP again? nice.....nice messg to all the young adults out there competing......AP voters are clueless and irresponsible.........why was he even allowed to be on the ballot? should have discarded the votes by these immature individuals......

Posted by: tabtool | May 13, 2010 8:04 AM

Guisher, maybe you should check your history books. Julius Peppers, suspended in the season he won the same award, so not the first time this has happened.

Posted by: timad26 | May 12, 2010 11:19 PM

C'mon now; I don't care how 'objective' anyone claims to be, it should be obvious to anyone that this kid's complexion put him over the top. No one can claim, with any degree of integrity, that "... you can't take away what this young man achieved last season" without adding the comment "...with the help of performance enhancing drugs"! This is nothing but the G.W.H. (Great White Hope) syndrome rearing it's ugly head yet again. C'mon folks, seriously we have got to start being fair and more honest with each other. This is getting scary. The kid who finished #2 should feel as badly as I'm sure he does. What is his, or any other players incentive at this point, for playing steroid free?!! C'mon!!!

Posted by: guisher | May 12, 2010 11:05 PM

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