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A re-vote for Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Brian Cushing may still have a chance to retain his coveted Associated Press NFL Rookie of the Year award, but it might have to come as the result of a re-vote.
In a post on his Twitter account, former AP NFL writer Dave Goldberg, now of AOL Fanhouse, said a re-vote was possible.
AP Sports Editor Terry Taylor told us a couple hours ago there would be a discussion on the subject, and that there could be a determination made sometime today. That determination could end up to be a re-vote, in which case Cushing would still be eligible for the award.
Quite frankly, it's hard to see many people — if anyone — on the 50-member media panel casting a vote for Cushing in the wake of his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Cushing won the award in January in a landslide vote, receiving 39 first-place votes. Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd was next with six, Green Bay's Clay Matthews received three and Washington's Brian Orakpo got two.
If there is a re-vote, it should be interesting. I remember deciding between Cushing and Orakpo for the award, and I'm sure other voters will consider giving Byrd and Matthews strong consideration. At the very least, the vote will be much closer than the original.
AP sports editor Terry Thompson told me a few minutes ago the story will be reported out further by the AP, and that there should be something more definitive by the end of the day. Stay tuned.