Cushing Retains Defensive ROY

AP voters have decided to retain Brian Cushing of the Houston Texans as the Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Cushing could have potentially lost his DROY award after it was revealed that he tested positive for a banned substance HCG. Cushing will be suspended for the first four games of next season due to the positive test.

Houston Texans NFL Cheerleaders

I wonder if they know anything about performance enhancing drugs?

HCG is a fertility drug that is often used to mask steroid use by restarting natural testosterone production and is the same drug that Manny Ramirez was caught using last year.

Cushing had one positive test in September and hasn’t tested positive before or since.

Cushing originally won the AP vote by a 39-6 margin over Jairus Byrd and the second time around it was just 18-13. Nineteen people changed their vote from Cushing to someone else while one person changed his vote to Cushing.

Media types are having a field day debating the merits of the re-vote. I won’t rehash any of that here, but I recommend you check out Tom Curran’s Why I voted for Cushing . . . again, Don Banks’ Why AP’s revote decision is wrong, and why I’m still voting for Cushing, and Peter King’s Why AP’s revote decision is right, and why I won’t vote for Cushing.

The Houston Texans without Cushing for the first four games are long-shots in odds to win the Super Bowl at +3000.

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