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Cushing a deserving defensive ROY

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was named the Associated Press defensive rookie of the year, and the vote was a landslide -- he got 39 of 50 votes with Buffalo’s Jairus Byrd second with just six.

Cushing is the second Texans player to be recognized by the AP, joining linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who won the award in 2006.

He would have gotten my vote. I thought he was a tremendous impact player for Houston and I didn’t see another first-year player do as much.

Cushing will talk at a press conference at 1 p.m. ET.