Each week the Illini in the NFL update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous week. Whitney Mercilus disrupted the Baltimore offense, while Pierre Thomas scored his 24th career rushing touchdown with the Saints to highlight Week 7 action.
Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans - Recorded three tackles in the Texas' 43-13 win over Baltimore, including his first career NFL sack and forced fumble, which is something Illini fans saw plenty of last season. Mercilus deflected a Joe Flacco pass that led to a Texans interception. Watch Mercilus' First NFL Sack | Watch Mercilus' Tip that led to an INT
Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints - Thomas led all three Saints running backs with 32 yards on 13 attempts, including a 5-yard touchdown run, in the Saints 35-28 win over Tampa Bay. Watch Thomas' TD Run
Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions - Leshoure had 12 carries for 63 yards, good for a 5.3 yards per carry average Monday in a 13-7 loss to the Bears. Leshoure also reeled in six catches for 20 yards. Watch Leshoure's 15-yard run
Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants - Punted three times with a 40.0 ypk average and a long of 44 in the win over the Redskins. One of Weatherford's three punts pinned the Redskins inside their own 20-yard line. He has now punted 22 times for an average of 45.3 yards per kick, including nine inside the 20 on the season.
David Diehl, OT, New York Giants - In his second game back after his knee injury in week 2, the Giants took advantage of Diehl's talents to win the battle at the line of scrimmage in their 27-23 victory over the Washington Redskins. The offensive line allowed Eli Manning to complete 26 passes for 337 yards.
Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets - Making his 128th consecutive NFL start, Moore helped take the Jets into overtime against the New England Patriots. Moore helped the Jets accumulate 403 total yards on offense in the 29-26 loss.
Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots - Tallied three solo tackles in the Patriots 29-26 victory over the Jets. Now has 25 tackles on the year along with four pass deflections and two interceptions.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots - Coming off a minor shoulder injury in week 6 against the Seahawks, Lloyd was targeted eight times, but finished up the 29-26 win against the Jets with just one reception for six yards.
Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts - Started in his first game since being injured in week three, recording three tackles in the Colts 17-13 win vs. the Browns.
Alan Ball, CB, Houston Texans - Tallied two tackles against the Ravens to bring his season total to seven. Texans won 43-13
Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets - Caught one pass for four yards before he dislocated his right hand Sunday in the Jets' 29-26 OT loss to the Patriots. Cumberland will definitely miss Week 8's game against the Dolphins, with the Jets hoping that he will be following the team's Week 9 bye.
Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Returned one kickoff for 16 yards. Has returned 11 kickoffs on the season, good for 247 yards with a long of 55.
Josh Brent, DT, Dallas Cowboys - Recorded one tackle in the Cowboys 19-14 win over the Panthers. Brent now has 11 tackles, six solo, on the season.
Kelvin Hayden, CB, Chicago Bears - Recorded a solo tackle in the Bears 13-7 win over Detroit. Hayden now has nine tackles on the year.
Brit Miller, FB, St. Louis Rams - Miller helped the Rams running game rush for 108 yards against the Green Bay defense. Rams lost to the Packers 30-20.
Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints - Played in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay but did not get on the stat sheet.
Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots - Saw limited action in the Patriots overtime win against the Jets.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Mendenhall was forced to sit out of Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals due to an injured Achilles he suffered in week 6 against the Titans. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Mendenhall has a chance to play Sunday against the Redskins but consider him questionable for the time-being.
AJ Jenkins, WR, San Francisco 49ers - Did not play in the 49ers 13-6 win over the Seahawks.
Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers - Bye week
Jon Asamoah, OG, Kansas City Chiefs - Bye Week
Jeff Allen, OT, Kansas City Chiefs - Bye Week