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AP redoing All-Pro vote for outside linebackers, too

As previously mentioned, the Associated Press isn’t stripping Texans linebacker Brian Cushing of his 2009 defensive rookie of the year award.  Instead, they’ll simply be redoing the vote, with Cushing as a candidate.  It makes sense, given that:  (1) Cushing won the award; and (2) he tested positive during the season for a banned substance.

We’re told that the AP also will be redoing the All-Pro voting for the position of outside linebacker.

Cushing technically qualified for the second team, finishing third with five votes.  The Mulligan most likely won’t affect the first-teamers; Elvis Dumervil received 46 votes, and DeMarcus Ware garnered 37. 

If Cushing’s five votes go elsewhere, the jockeying for the second team could get interesting. 
LaMarr Woodley received four votes, and James Harrison and Lance Briggs got three.  Anthony Spencer and Shaun Phillips each got one vote.

Either way, it’ll be interesting to see whether Cushing gets any votes for either honor and, if so, how many.

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31 Responses to “AP redoing All-Pro vote for outside linebackers, too”
  1. ethan robert says: May 10, 2010 6:18 PM

    It’s a joke. If James Harrison isn’t cheating the NFL drug policy no one is. Or ever has.

  2. Sow Crates says: May 10, 2010 6:21 PM

    If I had to take a guess, I suppose Cushing got his 5 votes from people who didn’t want to cast a vote for a guy who is first and foremost a pass-rusher, and since Lance Briggs is the only full-time 4-3 linebacker of the bunch (and a damn good one too), perhaps he’ll receive a few of those 5 recirculated votes.
    That being said, if Dumervil is in fact being deemed a linebacker, he’s well deserving of the votes he got.

  3. Nobi says: May 10, 2010 6:21 PM

    Really, who the hell cares. Do you think James Harrison is sitting anxiously on the edge of his seat right now to find out if he made the second string of a make-believe football roster.

  4. ethan robert says: May 10, 2010 6:28 PM

    Cushing thinks his elevated testosterone levels may come from spending too much time listening to Jay Glazer talk.

  5. Matt Walsh says: May 10, 2010 6:35 PM

    This would have a shred of legitimacy if they actually took back the 3 stained Super Bowl win from New England.
    That was the worst kind of cheating in NFL history.

  6. brownsfn says: May 10, 2010 6:42 PM

    who cares…

  7. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: May 10, 2010 6:44 PM

    Funny, when you cheat in school on a test, the teacher gives you (and any accomplice) a zero and you do not get a do-over, unless you went to USC.

  8. The Tyler Rose - Best Ever says: May 10, 2010 6:47 PM

    What would really be interesting (unless it is only applied for Pro Bowls) would be to see a contract breakdown with escalators/bonuses tied to the All-Pro status of the guys mentioned above.

  9. duncanschmidt says: May 10, 2010 6:56 PM

    Does anyone seriously give a crap about this? I can understand the ROY award but this? I think the AP might take itself too seriously.

  10. ethan robert says: May 10, 2010 6:57 PM

    AP isn’t stripping Cushing of his awards, they just want to conduct the vote again. With this in mind, the Republican Party doesn’t want to impeach Barack Obama, but they would like to redo the vote again within the next couple of weeks.

  11. MasterShake says: May 10, 2010 7:13 PM

    USA today is already reporting that they have stripped (scriped) him of the award. You can’t be slower than that craphole can you?
    How do you have a re-vote after all this time?
    Another way the white man keeps a brother down.

  12. FreeAgentPro says: May 10, 2010 7:19 PM

    This is a dangerous precedent, but a litmus test whether the voters in the NFL give a damn about PEDs. IF he gets few votes, then we know they do care about cheating. IF he still wins again, then we know that the NFL voters still consider the Cheatriots the greatest team of the previous decade.

  13. irishsamurai says: May 10, 2010 7:21 PM

    i think the AP is a crock of crap anyways,so who cares what they think or what they do,non story,are they gonna now go bck and take peppers’ away,or merriman’s away,this is stupid,lets move forward and leave past in the past

  14. stiller43 says: May 10, 2010 7:34 PM

    New England, 3 time SB Champions*******

  15. Nuckinfutz says: May 10, 2010 8:04 PM

    I visited the Patriot Hall of Fame a couple of weeks ago. The three trophies are right in the middle, all nice and shiny. They gleam in the sunlight!
    The rest of you haters can all eat a bag of dix.

  16. PatricktheDookie says: May 10, 2010 8:48 PM

    What a horrible knee-jerk reaction from the AP. The details of his test aren’t even available yet, and they’re jumping to conclusions.
    Pathetic.

  17. Sandlot Scribe says: May 10, 2010 9:22 PM

    So if Cushing had a ROY bonus in his contract does he have to pay it back?

  18. jjared1101 says: May 10, 2010 9:29 PM

    The rest of you haters can all eat a bag of dix.
    ————-
    Do we have to eat the whole bag?

  19. this class sucks says: May 10, 2010 9:52 PM

    @ethan robert
    Do you ever have a thought you don’t comment? You just say outlandish things with zero evidence to back them up. There hasn’t even been any circumstantial evidence to insinuate that statement. Lets continue with your logic; Did you physically harass goat? Prove to me you didn’t.

  20. Tr3pidation says: May 10, 2010 10:03 PM

    Maybe eating from that bag is really how he got that must testosterone to make people think he was using steroids!
    Also, if they’re taking back superbowls, take SB40 from the Steelers.

  21. euryman says: May 10, 2010 10:20 PM

    It’s a joke. If James Harrison isn’t cheating the NFL drug policy no one is. Or ever has.
    ————————————————-
    james harrison got the nickname “silverback” long before he his breakout seasons. dude has always been a workout warrior. he just wasn’t one of cowher’s guys, so he didn’t get much of a chance until tomlin came along.

  22. ethan robert says: May 10, 2010 10:44 PM

    @this class sucks…Who told you about the goat? She lied about the whole thing.

  23. YawnFlorio says: May 11, 2010 12:30 AM

    Nuckinfutz says:
    May 10, 2010 8:04 PM
    I visited the Patriot Hall of Fame a couple of weeks ago. The three trophies are right in the middle, all nice and shiny. They gleam in the sunlight!
    The rest of you haters can all eat a bag of dix.
    ____________
    The ONLY people here “eating bags of dix” are you New Engaylanders who made it legal for two guys to marry each other in half of the states up there. And while you are munching on those dix, you can also take care of licking those Nuckingfutz that you are named after as well, feggot.

  24. billsfan1 says: May 11, 2010 12:33 AM

    next up.clay matthews jr

  25. sukit says: May 11, 2010 12:51 AM

    # Nuckinfutz says: May 10, 2010 8:04 PM
    I visited the Patriot Hall of Fame a couple of weeks ago. The three trophies are right in the middle, all nice and shiny. They gleam in the sunlight!
    The rest of you haters can all eat a bag of dix.
    ____________________________________
    While you were at the Patriot hall of fame (didn’t know they had one) did you notice if the camera guy was in the hall of fame yet or are they waiting to add him?

  26. TheDPR says: May 11, 2010 7:02 AM

    The Associated Press sucks.
    Just keep the awards as-is and throw an * on Cushing’s name. It isn’t rocket science.
    What a waste of time and energy.

  27. smithopher says: May 11, 2010 7:59 AM

    it’ll be a shame if somehow dumervil and ware lose their first team status though. those two are definitely the best outside linebackers in the nfl. I think lance briggs should be the third guy there, he’s a beast, and has been for years. these guys gotta stop doing steroids though, its ridiculous. beyond getting caught and being suspended, its going to shorten their careers with the damage it does to ligaments and tendons. look at shawne merriman, the guy is falling apart and hes still a restricted free agent.

  28. airic31 says: May 11, 2010 9:07 AM

    ORAKPO for defensive RoY!!!!

  29. Dewey Axewoond says: May 11, 2010 9:23 AM

    ethan robert says:
    May 10, 2010 6:57 PM
    AP isn’t stripping Cushing of his awards, they just want to conduct the vote again. With this in mind, the Republican Party doesn’t want to impeach Barack Obama, but they would like to redo the vote again within the next couple of weeks.
    _________________________________
    Them and the rest of the country…

  30. dhuntley says: May 11, 2010 9:27 AM

    So what happens to the ROY’s for Peppers and Merriman. Yes, Peppers was for a supplement but it was on the banned list for PED’s. He was suspended for the last 4 games for which he won the award. Merriman was banned for a test he failed in the offseason of his ROY year and was suspended for 4 games of the next season. Cushing was suspended for a test he took in September but passed successive tests during the heart of the season. And, unless the NFL states what the substance was, we will not know for certain what Cushing failed for. We suspect it was steroids but the suspensions are for items on a specific list and all three failed. The AP is sending out two very bad statements, picking on one winner and not the other 25% who were suspended of winners in the last 8 years. Also, what statement will they be sending if they vote it back to him; that steroids are ok. WOW! Is that the message you want to potentially send.

  31. Brewster says: May 11, 2010 9:29 AM

    I think the AP should take Pete Rose’s all-star & mvp votes away from him, and while they’re at it take away Babe Ruth’s too.
    Revisionist history makes it’s way to sports. How about an asterisk by his name with a disclaimer (if he’s proven to have actually taken steroids) that he was later to have been found taking an illegal substance. That way he’s in the record books for all to see with a transgression on his record. Let him live with the consequences of his decision & actions.

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