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    Illini on NFL Opening Day Rosters

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    Davis_Vontae_Dolphins_2.jpgWith former Illini and current New Orleans Saints Pierre Thomas and Martez Wilson opening up the NFL season tonight in Green Bay (7:30 p.m. CDT, NBC), I thought this might be a good time to take a roll call of all former Illini on NFL opening week rosters. In all, 19 Illini made active 53-man rosters for the opening weekend. That does not count rookie Lions' RB Mikel Leshoure, who is on IR for the season with an Achilles injury, or the three former Illini that were named to practice squads (Nate Bussey, J Leman and Eddie McGee).

    Former Illini on 2011 Opening Day NFL Rosters (19)
    Jon Asamoah, OG, Kansas City Chiefs
    Alan Ball, CB, Dallas Cowboys
    Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Josh Brent, DT, Dallas Cowboys
    Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets
    Vontae Davis, CB, Miami Dolphins
    David Diehl, OT, New York Giants
    Kelvin Hayden, CB, Atlanta Falcons
    Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, St. Louis Rams
    Corey Liuget, DL, San Diego Chargers
    Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver Broncos
    Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Brit Miller, FB, St. Louis Rams
    Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets
    Tony Pashos, OG, Cleveland Browns
    Neil Rackers, PK, Houston Texans
    Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
    Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants
    Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints

    Former Illini on Injured Reserve/Practice Squad
    Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions - Injured Reserve
    Nate Bussey, LB, New Orleans Saints - Practice Squad
    J Leman, LB, Oakland Raiders - Practice Squad
    Eddie McGee, WR, Oakland Raiders - Practice Squad

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    Watched this and loved it. Com'on new orleans!

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