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Rookie of the Year voting will conclude Wednesday

The Associated Press will have all the votes in for the 2009 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award on Wednesday.

The voters have been given an 11 a.m. Wednesday deadline, according to the Buffalo Bills’ web site, which has taken a close interest in the matter because Bills safety Jairus Byrd came in second in the original voting.

UPDATE: The e-mail sent to the 50 Associated Press voters actually said the deadline is noon Wednesday.

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing came in first, and the revelation that he failed a performance-enhancing drug test in September led the A.P. to decide to have a re-vote.

Cushing won the first time around in a landslide, receiving 39 of 50 votes. He might still win it the second time around, as the A.P. says it has already received some votes for Cushing.

One such voter is John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, who says he voted for Cushing before and will do it again.

Byrd got six votes on the January ballot, Clay Matthews got three and Brian Orakpo got two.

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33 Responses to “Rookie of the Year voting will conclude Wednesday”
  1. Bullet says: May 11, 2010 10:15 AM

    Cushing should keep his award!!!! He tested positive in September and clean every test afterwards. He got better and better each and every game while playin to the NFL’s standards of clean.

  2. Alfie says: May 11, 2010 10:16 AM

    Is the re-vote for the 2002 DROY, 2005 DROY, 2009 All-Pro defensive tackle, and 1995 MVP re-vote coming after this re-vote?
    What about the 1970′s HOF wing, is that being re-voted, too?

  3. WhoDey_Man says: May 11, 2010 10:17 AM

    there was a hanging chad on several of the voter cards, however, so jeb bush will be brought in to verify the votes.

  4. Peter says: May 11, 2010 10:22 AM

    Bullet, if he tested positive in September than he should have been suspended four games last year and his numbers would have been considerably lower. Also the fact that Jairus Byrd had his numbers in 9 games makes it even more impressive. This is obvious who should be getting the vote this time.

  5. BigBear123 says: May 11, 2010 10:23 AM

    Maybe the 0-3gles should redo the Ed Block Coward award too.

  6. Skin_Flute says: May 11, 2010 10:24 AM

    As the 2009 DROY, the AP selects . . . Brian Cushing’s pre-steroids manboobs.

  7. Stoogie says: May 11, 2010 10:26 AM

    IMO, it’s stupid to re-vote. Take it away from Cushing and give it to Jairus Byrd.

  8. FinFan says: May 11, 2010 10:29 AM

    Test Big Ben’s nut sack too-there’s something freakish going on with them

  9. ethan robert says: May 11, 2010 10:30 AM

    They better hurry so they don’t get lapped by the 2010 ROTY voting.

  10. BenRapistberger says: May 11, 2010 10:31 AM

    There is ZERO precident for this. Absolute garbage. People will not vote for him for political reasons this time around.

  11. ethan robert says: May 11, 2010 10:32 AM

    Tim Tebow gets 11 votes for 2009 DROY.

  12. ethan robert says: May 11, 2010 10:34 AM

    Since it seems to be those obnoxious Bills fans pimping this affair, I am SO looking forward to Byrd ending up with less votes. WAAAAA!!!!!

  13. PackAttackBackMan says: May 11, 2010 10:37 AM

    Ladies and Gentleman, meet your 2009 Defensive ROY, Clay Matthews…….
    I just hope Big Clay ain’t “enhancing” his performance either…

  14. T A P says: May 11, 2010 10:38 AM

    Stoogie,
    What says the people that voted for Cushing, wouldn’t have voted other than Jairus Byrd, thus possibly elevating Clay Matthews or Brian Orakpo into the winners spot? I feel like the AP has more of an affinity for LBs anyway.

  15. Zane Smith says: May 11, 2010 10:40 AM

    Absolute BS. I want Merriman and Peppers stripped of theirs too. And the Patriots should be stripped of all 3 Super Bowls.

  16. D wins games says: May 11, 2010 10:43 AM

    Though I am adamantly opposed to PEDs, this is silly. Either give the award to Byrd or vacate it.

  17. buffalokie says: May 11, 2010 10:44 AM

    Bullet says:
    May 11, 2010 10:15 AM
    Cushing should keep his award!!!! He tested positive in September and clean every test afterwards. He got better and better each and every game while playin to the NFL’s standards of clean.
    ————————————–
    That is stupid. What, you think that just because he quit doping in September, that his performance wasn’t affected in October? Yeah, all that extra muscle just disappeared when he quit, right. Fool’s!

  18. TheSleepness says: May 11, 2010 10:47 AM

    Orakpo is a beast.

  19. Bullet says: May 11, 2010 10:54 AM

    Peter – Thanks for your 2 cents, but Byrd played 14 games last year. On top of that, let’s just compare the 2, handicapping Cushing according to you. IF we compare Cushing from week 8 (so that’s no Sept stats and a 4 game make-believe suspension) and Byrd’s whole season, Cushing had 3 picks to Byrd’s 9, 4 passes defensed to Byrd’s 11, 3.5 sacks to Byrd’s 0, and 77 combined tackles to Byrd’s 33. And oh yeah, that’s 9 games to Byrd’s 14. How bout we just exclude September, cuz that’s what he tested positive for in the first place. Cushing had 2 FF vs 0, 4 Int’s vs 9, 9 pdef vs 11, 1 safety vs 0, 4 sacks vs 0, 107 vs 33 tackles in 13 games vs Byrd’s 14. Cushing’s gonna keep his trophy! You’ll see tomorrow…

  20. Hank says: May 11, 2010 11:01 AM

    All this crap is good for is contract negotiations. I’ll take a Super Bowl trophy over a handful of “awards” to individual team members. I’m sure most fans get the concept outside of Vagine fans.

  21. Bullet says: May 11, 2010 11:04 AM

    buffalokie – you know what, your right… if you quit taking any kind of supplement you still get the edge for months and years to come cuz they’re sooooo good. You’re the fool. You hafta keep takin it for it to keep working. If anything his production shoulda went down, cuz when you take stuff like that and then you quit, you SHRINK!!!!

  22. Michael LaRocca says: May 11, 2010 11:04 AM

    Can I vote for Tim Tebow?

  23. MrHumble says: May 11, 2010 11:06 AM

    Anyone who now votes for cushing is simply endorsing the use of ‘roids. The rules also state that if a player is banned for 4games due to use of ‘roids, that they are not eligible for any post season individual awards………so why is cushing eligible for the re-vote….becuz he appealed the decision??????that’s crazy.

  24. BOO3LEGS says: May 11, 2010 11:23 AM

    In any other circumstance the award would go to the runner-up. Why is this different?

  25. HgMeng says: May 11, 2010 11:23 AM

    John McClain is a punk. First he writes that Cushing should man up. Then he say he will still vote for him anyways. What a wishy washy piece of crap homer. Bullet seems like a real smart guy too.

  26. Rick says: May 11, 2010 11:44 AM

    all these self righteous reporters need to get off the cross. We need the wood. The problem here is the NFL did not act swiftly enough. How long is the appeals process? Seems to me like the league wanted him to finish the season before they did anything.

  27. #1LionsFan says: May 11, 2010 11:54 AM

    Its Louis Delmas Award Anyway, And Im Not Just Sayin That Cause Im A Lions Supporter But If Any Rookie Gets It He Should Have…

  28. Badge says: May 11, 2010 12:18 PM

    Delmas really should get a few votes. He played incredibly well when taking into account the D-Line and the rest of the secondary were horrendous.
    Hopefully he makes the voters look foolish when quarterbacks aren’t getting 30 seconds to scan the field.

  29. jaguarsman says: May 11, 2010 12:27 PM

    How about Derek Cox on the Jaguars.He was really good last year.

  30. RandySavage says: May 11, 2010 12:45 PM

    They should give it to Lattimer from The Program and he can headbutt and smash another glass divider wall.

  31. NFC North Resident says: May 11, 2010 12:54 PM

    I can’t believe anyone really gives two sh*ts about this

  32. whybuffalowhy says: May 11, 2010 8:52 PM

    @Bullet
    Quit licking licking Cushing’s nut drippings for a second and think about what you’re saying… You admit that he cheated prior to the season. Cheating is cheating. The rules state that if you are caught breaking the leagues substance abuse policy, you are not eligible for any awards or the pro bowl. The league gave him a chance to appeal. Fail. He’s guilty so he’s not eligible to win DROY. I think it’s crazy he is even on the ballot for the revote.
    And Peter’s “9″ games that he is talking about is because of Byrd’s limited snaps in the first 4 games and barely playing his last. Yes the stat sheet says 14 but I would like to see a comparison of how many plays they were all on the field for. I’ll bet Byrd has a lot fewer. And if you want to take 4 games away from Cushing you should take away his last 4 and see what they are. Not start his stat count with his 5th game played.
    I’m not saying the kid isn’t great. He certainly meant more to his team tham Byrd. But he doesn’t deserve to win an award because of his play for the 2009 season in which he was found to be using a banned substance.
    If you pull Cushing’s shrunken manhood outa your throat you’ll probably get some more air to your brain so you’ll think clearer.

  33. bills83 says: May 12, 2010 9:04 AM

    Peter – Thanks for your 2 cents, but Byrd played 14 games last year. On top of that, let’s just compare the 2, handicapping Cushing according to you. IF we compare Cushing from week 8 (so that’s no Sept stats and a 4 game make-believe suspension) and Byrd’s whole season, Cushing had 3 picks to Byrd’s 9, 4 passes defensed to Byrd’s 11, 3.5 sacks to Byrd’s 0, and 77 combined tackles to Byrd’s 33. And oh yeah, that’s 9 games to Byrd’s 14. How bout we just exclude September, cuz that’s what he tested positive for in the first place. Cushing had 2 FF vs 0, 4 Int’s vs 9, 9 pdef vs 11, 1 safety vs 0, 4 sacks vs 0, 107 vs 33 tackles in 13 games vs Byrd’s 14. Cushing’s gonna keep his trophy! You’ll see tomorrow…
    This is the dumbest comparison i have ever seen in my life. We are all a little dumber for trying to read that,You sir are an idiot, Lets’ all compare LB’s Sack totals to Safetys sack totals cause apparently thats the difference in which deciding whos a better player??????? The award is supposed to go to the player who accomplished the most in their first year of play, that being said 9ints (which by the way led the NFL) in only 14 games, (not magically excluding games because of what if’s and when the retard was juicing) was the best preformance by a rookie hands down, the man had 3 straight games with 2 picks, which the bills won 2 of the 3 games, His play meant a lot to the Defense which was one of the better pass defenses BECAUSE OF Byrd’s play. He didnt just have 9 ints he covered ground and made teams run the ball cause he was all over the field, he deserves more credit than what he gets.

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