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    Illini in the NFL - Week 8

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    Lloyd-TD.jpgEach week the Illini in the NFL Update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous weekend. Five past Illini squared off in the Rams-Saints game, which included touchdowns by Brandon Lloyd and Pierre Thomas. Read up on how the rest of the past Illini played and check out the links for video highlights.

    Brandon Lloyd, WR, St. Louis Rams - Scored his first touchdown as a Ram on an 8-yard TD pass and totaled six catches for 53 yards in a 31-21 win over the Saints.

    Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints - Found the end zone for the second time this season on a 3-yard TD run while rushing for 23 yards and catching four passes for 11 yards in a 31-21 loss to the Rams.

    Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Tallied 70 rushing yards and caught three passes for 22 yards in a 25-17 win over the Patriots.

    David Diehl, OT, New York Giants - Started at right guard for the Giants, who racked up over 400 yards of total offense for the third game in a row, in a 20-17 win over the Dolphins.

    Neil Rackers, PK, Houston Texans - Hit a 39-yard field goal and three extra points in a 24-14 win over the Jaguars.

    Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants - Punted four times, putting three inside the 20-yard line, and averaged 44.5 yards in a 20-17 win over the Dolphins.

    Jon Asamoah, OG, Kansas City Chiefs - Started at right guard for the Chiefs, who rushed for 94 yards in a 23-20 overtime win against the Chargers.

    Corey Liuget, DL, San Diego Chargers - Forced a fumble and had one tackle in the 23-20 overtime loss to the Chiefs.

    Tony Pashos, OG, Cleveland Browns - Started at right tackle in a 20-10 loss to the 49ers.

    Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, St. Louis Rams - Played in the 31-21 win over the Saints, but did not record any statistics.

    Brit Miller, FB, St. Louis Rams - Played in the 31-21 win over the Saints, but did not record any statistics.

    Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints - Played in the 31-21 loss to the Rams, but did not record any statistics.

    Alan Ball, CB, Dallas Cowboys - Played in the 34-7 loss to the Cowboys, but did not record any statistics.

    Vontae Davis, CB, Miami Dolphins - Did not play in a 20-17 loss to the Giants due to a hamstring injury.

    Josh Brent, DT, Dallas Cowboys - Was inactive for the 34-7 loss to the Cowboys.

    Kelvin Hayden, CB, Atlanta Falcons - Bye week.

    Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Bye week.

    Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets - Bye week.

    Former Illini on Injured Reserve/Practice Squad
    Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets - Injured Reserve (torn Achilles)
    Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions - Injured Reserve (torn Achilles)
    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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