Texan keeps his rookie award

NEW YORK — A positive drug test notwithstanding, Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is still the Associated Press defensive rookie of the year.

Five days after he was suspended without pay for four games, a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL voted again to give Cushing the award. He originally had 39 votes; the 18 he got in Wednesday's revote were enough to reclaim the honor.

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

In the revote, Cushing finished five votes ahead of Bills safety Jairus Byrd. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III got 12, Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo got three, and Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis got one.

Three voters abstained. In all, 19 voters switched from Cushing to another player.

Cushing is suspended without pay until Oct. 4. He can participate in offseason workouts, training camp and preseason games.

"We respect the AP's decision to revote and the decision of the voters," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.

Cadillac signs one-year Bucs deal

TAMPA — Restricted free agent running back Cadillac Williams signed his tender, as expected, locking into a one-year guaranteed contract with the Bucs. Williams had been tendered an offer that entitled the Bucs to a first-round pick if a team acquired the 28-year-old. The Bucs also added guard Michael Shumard off waivers from the Broncos. Shumard joined the Broncos after the draft as a rookie free agent out of Texas A&M. Tampa Bay released tackle Robert Okeafor.

super bowl: New York will unveil its bid today for the 2014 Super Bowl, seemingly in a stronger position than Tampa. The other finalist, South Florida, is a long shot. New York's new stadium, which doesn't have a roof, is set to open at the Meadowlands this fall, and no one has voiced concerns about possible cold weather for a Super Bowl, which would be a Tampa advantage. Owners will vote this month.

fame: Presenters were announced for the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions Aug. 7. Emmitt Smith will be presented by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones; Jerry Rice by former 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo Jr.; Rickey Jackson by Saints owner Tom Benson; John Randle by former Vikings defensive line coach John Teerlinck; Russ Grimm by former Redskins offensive line coach Joe Bugel; Dick LeBeau by his brother, Bob; and Floyd Little by his son, Marc.

Roethlisberger update: Pennsylvania state trooper Ed Joyner, who was barred from working for Ben Roethlisberger, filed a union grievance seeking to have the agency let him return to his part-time job as an assistant for the Steelers quarterback. The state police last month rescinded Joyner's permission to work for Roethlisberger as part of an investigation into Joyner's activities when Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault.

westbrook tour: Longtime Eagles running back Brian Westbrook, 30, visited the Redskins and, ESPN reported, the Broncos are up next.

saints: An attorney said the team will wait until trial to respond to former security director Geoffrey Santini's allegations that the club tried to cover up prescription Vicodin thefts at Saints headquarters. Santini said earlier that he regrets not going straight to owner Tom Benson when he found out about missing prescription drugs at team headquarters. Santini says he went to GM Mickey Loomis.

Texan keeps his rookie award 05/12/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 12:07am]

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