Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing retained his award for The Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Wednesdayin an unprecedented revote less than a week after he was suspended the first four games of the 2010 season because of a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs last September.

The AP decided on the revote on Monday after the news broke last Friday about Cushing's suspension. The news organization, which annually runs a vote among 50 media members for All-Pro teams and individual awards, opted to give voters a second chance because Cushing's sanction wasn't known until now, due to a lengthy appeals process.

Cushing won the initial balloting with 39 votes, while Bills safety Jairus Byrd was second with six, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was next with three and Redskins linebacker / defensive end Brian Orakpo was next with two. In the revote, Cushing finished with 18 votes, a reduction of 21 from the original balloting. Byrd received 13 votes, Matthews got 12, and Orakpo had three.

Three voters who had voted for Cushing on the original ballot abstained on the revote.

(Glauber is a voter and changed his selection from Cushing to Byrd, citing Cushing's positive test as the deciding factor).

"I'm very happy to have the award once again, and I'm just happy with how everything turned out," Cushing said.

Cushing said he took a non-steroid substance, but the league includes the substance - the fertility drug HCG - on its list of performance-enhancing drugs.

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"I was just glad to hear the news that people stuck by me," he said. "Very honored."