Illini in the NFL - Week 15

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Davis-INT.jpgEach week the Illini in the NFL Update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous weekend. Vontae Davis picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick twice and Pierre Thomas scored his sixth TD of the season to highlight Week 15. Read up on how the rest of the past Illini played and check out the links for video highlights.

Vontae Davis, CB, Miami Dolphins - Nabbed two interceptions (watch here and here) in a game for the first time in his career and made five tackles in a 30-23 win over the Bills.

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints - Scored the final touchdown for the Saints in a 42-20 win over the Vikings along with rushing for 44 yards and catching two passes for 41 yards, including this 25-yard pickup.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Ran for 64 yards and caught three passes for 25 yards in a 20-3 loss to the 49ers.

Brandon Lloyd, WR, St. Louis Rams - Pulled in five catches for 42 yards in a 20-13 loss to the Bengals.

Neil Rackers, PK, Houston Texans - Nailed a 26 and 34 yard field goal and an extra point in a 28-13 loss to the Panthers.

Jon Asamoah, OG, Kansas City Chiefs - Started at right guard for the Chiefs, who outgained undefeated Green Bay 438-315 on offense in a 19-14 win over the Packers.

Corey Liuget, DL, San Diego Chargers - Had his first career sack and made two solo tackles in a 34-14 win over the Ravens.

Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets - Started at guard for the Jets in a 45-19 loss to the Eagles.

Alan Ball, CB, Dallas Cowboys - Made one tackle in a 31-15 loss to the Buccaneers.

Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints - Made one tackle in a 42-20 win over the Vikings.

Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants - Punted four times with an average of 49 yards in a 23-10 loss to the Redskins.

David Diehl, OT, New York Giants - Started at left tackle for the Giants in a 23-10 loss to the Redskins.

Tony Pashos, OG, Cleveland Browns - Started at right tackle in a 20-17 loss to the Cardinals.

Josh Brent, DT, Dallas Cowboys - Did not play in a 31-15 win over the Buccaneers due to a knee injury.

Kelvin Hayden, CB, Atlanta Falcons - Did not play in a 41-14 win over the Jaguars due to a toe injury.

Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Did not play in a 31-15 loss to the Cowboys due to a concussion.

Former Illini on Injured Reserve/Practice Squad
Brit Miller, FB, St. Louis Rams - Injured Reserve (knee)
Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, St. Louis Rams - Injured Reserve (torn ACL)
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
Eddie McGee, WR, Oakland Raiders - Practice Squad

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