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Updated May 12, 2010 @ 4:42 p.m. ET

Texans SLB Brian Cushing will keep his 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year honor from The Associated Press after he won a revote held by the organization this week. However, he lost his spot on the AP's All-Pro second team.

The revote occurred after Cushing was suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. According to the AP and ESPN.com, Cushing tested positive for hCG, a fertility drug that is also frequently taken by steroid users and is on the NFL's list of banned substances.

According to the AP, Cushing received 18 votes in the revote, with Bills S Jairus Byrd receiving 13. Cushing received 39 votes, with Byrd receiving just six, when the first AP vote was taken. Packers OLB Clay Matthews (12 votes), Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo (three) and Rams MLB James Laurinaitis (one) also received votes in the second round of ballots. 

In the revote, 19 panelists switched their choices from Cushing to another player, and one voter switched from Byrd to Cushing. According to the AP, one voter was not available to participate in the revote, and two voters abstained. Fifty broadcasters and sportswriters who cover the NFL comprise the AP voting panel.

In the All-Pro revote, Cushing received only one vote, compared to five previously, resulting in a loss of his spot on the All-Pro second team.

 

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