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    Illini in the NFL - 2012 Week 3

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    Each week the Illini in the NFL update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous weekend. Brandon Lloyd and Mikel Leshoure highlighted Week 3 with terrific individual performances. Take a look at how all 22 former Illini did during the week.

    Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions - In his NFL debut, Leshoure ran 26 times for a total of 100 yards and had the first touchdown of his career on a 1-yard run. Leshoure also reeled in four reception for 34 yards in the Lions OT loss to the Titans. Watch Leshoure's first NFL TD

    Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots - Recorded his best game to date with the Patriots with nine receptions for 108 yards, including a tip-toe 22-yard catch in the Patriots' 31-30 loss to the Ravens.

    Jon Asamoah, OG, Kansas City Chiefs - Started at guard and helped the Chiefs rack up 510 total yards and 273 rushing yards in a 27-24 win over the Saints.

    Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints - Had a team-high four catches for 55 yards, including a 27-yarder, and also added 11 yards rushing on six carries in the Saints 27-24 loss to the Chiefs. Watch Thomas' 27-yard catch and run from Drew Brees

    Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets - Started at right guard, his 124th consecutive start - the sixth longest active streak in the league, in the Jets' 23-20 win over the Dolphins. Helped the Jets offense throw for over 300 yards and the O-line only allowed one sack.

    Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots - Had four total tackles (all solo) in the loss to the Ravens.

    Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets - Had two receptions for 25 yards including a long catch of 19 yards in the 23-20 win over the Dolphins.

    Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts - Had three total tackles (two solo and one assisted tackle) and also had a pass deflection in the team's 22-17 loss to the Jaguars.

    Jeff Allen, OT, Kansas City Chiefs - Helped the Chiefs rack up 510 total yards and 273 rushing yards in a 27-24 win over the Saints.

    Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants - Punted two times for an average of 38.0 yards, including a long of 41 yards and both punts landed inside the 20 yard line, in a 36-7 win over the Carolina Panthers.

    Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Had one catch for eight yards and also had a kick return for 15 yards in the team's 16-10 loss to the Cowboys.

    Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots - Had his first reception with the Patriots, good for 4 yards, in the team's 31-30 loss to the Ravens.

    Josh Brent, DT, Dallas Cowboys - Recorded one solo tackle in the Cowboys' 16-10 win over the Buccaneers.

    Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans - Played linebacker and had two solo tackles for the Texans in a 31-25 win over the Broncos.

    Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints - Recorded one solo tackle in the Saints' 27-24 loss to the Chiefs.

    Brit Miller, FB, St. Louis Rams - Miller continues to be the prime lead blocker on multiple runs for Steven Jackson in the 23-6 loss to the Chicago Bears.

    Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers - Started at defensive end and recorded no statistics in the team's 27-3 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

    Alan Ball, CB, Houston Texans - Played but did not record a statistic in the team's 31-25 win over the Broncos.

    Kelvin Hayden, CB, Chicago Bears - Recorded no stats in the Bears' 23-6 win over the St. Louis Rams.

    AJ Jenkins, WR, San Francisco 49ers - Did not play in the 49ers 24-13 loss to the Vikings.

    David Diehl, OT, New York Giants - Was inactive due to injury for the first time since the 2010 season. Giants' won 36-7 over the Carolina Panthers.

    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 Raiders 34-31.

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

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