Briggs takes Cushing's All-Pro spot
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears' Lance Briggs has been voted second-team All-Pro at outside linebacker, an honor that initially belonged to Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, who lost his place on the squad because of a recent suspension for testing positive for a performing-enhancing drug last September.
This marks Briggs' third appearance on the All-Pro roster, after being awarded first-team honors in 2005 and second-team honors in 2006.
Last season Briggs was voted to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl, leading the Bears with 147 tackles, while registering seven tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and one interception. The former third-round selection is only the third Bears player since 1971 to record 1,000 career tackles, reaching the 100-tackle plateau in each of the previous six seasons.
Cushing said Thursday he never used any banned substances even though he tested positive for HCG, a fertility drug that is on the league's banned substance list. Cushing was suspended for four games without pay last week for violating the NFL's drug policy. His appeal was denied.
Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com.