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Monday, May 10, 2010
Clay Matthews gets new chance at DROY

By Kevin Seifert

As we've been discussing for much of the day, the Associated Press has called a re-vote for its NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year award following the four-game suspension of the original winner, Houston linebacker Brian Cushing.

I just spoke with one of the voters, and he confirmed Cushing's name remains on the ballot. I like that the AP didn't rule out Cushing as a possibility for those who don't want to apply retroactive revelations to the voting. But I think it's fair to say this move opens up the possibility that Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews will win the award. Other candidates include Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd, who finished second in the original vote, and Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo, who finished fourth.

Earlier today, longtime AP writer Dave Goldberg said it would be unprecedented for the AP to call a re-vote. Votes are due back Wednesday at noon. We'll keep you updated.