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Illini in the NFL - 2012 Week 1

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Martez2.jpgWeekly Update Archive | Illini in the NFL Website

Each week the Illini in the NFL update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous weekend. Tavon Wilson, Kelvin Hayden and Martez Wilson highlighted Sunday with terrific individual performances.

Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots - Made his first-career interception in his NFL debut in the Patriots' 34-13 win over the Titans. Wilson also recorded four tackles and two pass deflections. Watch Wilson's interception

Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints - Blocked a punt that led directly to a New Orleans touchdown in the Saints' 40-32 loss to the Redskins. Watch Wilson's blocked punt

Kelvin Hayden, CB, Chicago Bears - Recovered a fumble on special teams and made seven tackles in the Bears' 41-21 win over the Colts. Watch Hayden's fumble recovery

Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots
- Lloyd had 5 receptions totaling for 69 yards, including an acrobatic 27-yard sideline catch from Tom Brady, in the Patriots' 34-13 victory over the Titans. Watch Lloyd's 27-yard reception

Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets - Started at right guard, his 122nd consecutive start - the sixth longest active streak in the league, in the Jets' 48-28 win over the Bills. 

Josh Brent, DT, Dallas Cowboys - The third-year pro made his first-career start at defensive tackle and recorded two tackles in the Cowboys' 24-17 win over the Giants.

Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets - Had three receptions for 33 yards in the Jets' 48-28 win over the Bills.

Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts - Notched five solo tackles on the day in the Colts' 41-21 loss to the Bears. 

David Diehl, OT, New York Giants - Started the 141st game of his NFL career at right tackle in the Giants' 24-17 loss to the Cowboys.

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers - Started at defensive end and recorded three tackles in the Chargers' 22-14 win over the Oakland Raiders.

Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants - Punted four times for an average of 50.3 yards, including a long of 56, in a 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Jon Asamoah, OG, Kansas City Chiefs - Started at guard and helped the Chiefs rush for over 150 yards in a 40-24 loss to the Falcons.

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints - Had four carries for 17 rush yards (long of 9) and one 12-yard reception in a 40-32 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Brit Miller, FB, St. Louis Rams - Despite no carries, Miller stood out as a prime lead blocker on multiple runs for Steven Jackson in the 27-23 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Alan Ball, CB, Houston Texans - Tallied one solo tackle in 30-10 win over the Dolphins.

Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots - Made his New England debut in the Patriots 34-13 win over the Titans.

Jeff Allen, OT, Kansas City Chiefs - Made his NFL debut in the Chiefs' 40-24 loss to the Falcons.

Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans - Played linebacker for the Texans in a 30-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

AJ Jenkins, WR, San Francisco 49ers - Did not play in the 49ers 30-22 win over the Packers.

Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Inactive due to knee injury. The Bucs defeated the Panthers 16-10.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Was inactive while recovering from the torn ACL he acquired late in the 2011 season. The Steelers lost to the Broncos 31-19.

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions - Served game one of his two game suspension.

Former Illini on NFL Practice Squads
Jerry Brown, LB, Indianapolis Colts
Jack Cornell, OL, Baltimore Ravens

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