Each week the Illini in the NFL update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous weekend. Rashard Mendenhall returned to action this week and found the end zone, Martez Wilson sealed a victory for the Saints and Jeff Cumberland recorded his first NFL touchdown.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Officially kicked off his 2012-13 season after fully recovering from a torn ACL he acquired late last season. Mendenhall compiled 101 total yards including 81 on the ground on 14 attempts. Rashard also tallied a 13 yard touchdown run. Watch Mendenhall's 13-yard TD Run
Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints - Wilson sealed the 31-24 win over the Chargers on Sunday night when he sacked Phillip Rivers, forcing and recovering a fumble on the play, to end San Diego's last minute drive. Watch Wilson's Game-Clinching Sack
Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets - Hauled in his first career NFL touchdown, an acrobatic 27-yard pass from Mark Sanchez, in the Jets 23-17 loss to the Texans on Monday Night Football. Cumberland finished the game with two catches for 51 yards. Watch Cumberland's 27-yard TD Catch
Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints - Led the Saints with nine carries for 30 yards and also added 40 yards receiving on two catches, including a 36-yard catch and run, in the Saints 31-24 win over the Chargers on Sunday Night. Watch Thomas' 36-yard Reception
Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots - Made his first NFL start and recorded a career high 10 tackles in New England's 31-21 win over Denver, which brings his season total to 21. Wilson is tied for first on the Patriots with two interceptions and also has two fumble recoveries.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots - Lloyd caught three passes for 34 yards on five targets in Sunday's win over the Broncos. Lloyd is second on team with 28 receptions good for 321 yards on the year. Watch Lloyd's Diving 10-yard Catch from Tom Brady
Jon Asamoah, OG, Kansas City Chiefs - Started in his fifth game for the Chiefs this season at right guard and helped Jamal Charles rush for 140 yards while not allowing a single sack to Matt Cassel. Chiefs lost to Ravens 9-6.
Jeff Allen, OT, Kansas City Chiefs - Made his second straight start at left guard, along with Jon Asamoah, and helped Jamal Charles rush for 140 yards while not allowing a single sack to Matt Cassel. Chiefs lost to Ravens 9-6.
Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants - Punted twice for an average of 50.0 yards with a long of 57. Now has 15 punts on the year for an average of 45.2 yards.
Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets - Started in his 126th consecutive game for the Jets, a 23-17 loss to the Texans on Monday night. Helped allow Mark Sanchez to throw for 230 yards while the offensive line surrendered three total sacks.
Brit Miller, FB, St. Louis Rams - Miller helped the Rams rush for over 100 yards in 17-3 win over Arizona.
Whitney Mercilus, LB, Houston Texans - Played in his fifth straight game at linebacker for the Texans and recorded one tackle in a 23-17 victory over the Jets.
Alan Ball, CB, Houston Texans - Played but did not record any stats in the Texans 23-17 Monday Night Football victory over the Jets.
Kelvin Hayden, CB, Chicago Bears - Played but did not record in a statistic in the Bears 41-3 win over the Jaguars.
Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots - Did not play in the Patriots 31-21 win over the Broncos.
AJ Jenkins, WR, San Francisco 49ers - Was not active for the 49ers 34-0 win over the Jets.
Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts - Did not play against the Packers due to an ankle injury. The Colts upset the Packers 30-27.
David Diehl, OT, New York Giants - Due to a knee injury, Diehl was inactive for the third straight game. The Giants beat the Browns 41-27.
Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Bye week.
Josh Brent, DT, Dallas Cowboys - Bye week.
Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions - Bye week.
Former Illini on NFL Practice SquadsJerry Brown, LB, Indianapolis Colts
Jack Cornell, OL, Baltimore Ravens