Each week the Illini in the NFL update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous week. Liuget broke out with a season best in tackles while Brandon Lloyd returned from a bye week to resume his solid season with the Patriots.
Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers - Liuget recorded a season best six tackles in the 34-24 losing effort to the Buccaneers. Liuget now has 24 tackles, 2.0 sacks and six passes defended on the season.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots - Lloyd caught five passes for 45 yards in Sunday's win over the Bills. Lloyd was targeted six times. Lloyd is third on the team in total receiving yards and touchdowns on the year behind Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski. Patriots beat the Bills 37-31.
Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions - Leshoure had 13 carries for 43 rushing yards and one catch for five yards Sunday in the Lions' 34-24 loss to the Vikings. Leshoure is averaging 4 yards per carry and has four touchdowns on the year.
Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants - In the 31-13 loss to the Bengals, Weatherford punted four times for an average of 53.3 but a net average of 27.3. Weatherford produced a long of 68 yards.
Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints - Thomas had five carries for 10 rushing yards and one catch on two targets for six receiving yards Sunday. The Saints handed the Falcons their first loss of the season with a score of 31-27.
Kelvin Hayden, CB, Chicago Bears - Recorded his second best statistical game of the 2012 season, tallying four tackles, three solo, in the Bears 13-6 losing effort to the Texans.
Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots - Wilson tallied two tackles in the Pats 37-31 win over the Bills. Wilson now has 30 tackles on the year.
Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans - Mercilus recorded his 11th solo tackle on the year in the Texans 13-6 win over the Bears.
Josh Brent, DT, Dallas Cowboys - Brent recorded his 15th tackle of the season in the Cowboys 38-23 win over the Eagles.
David Diehl, OT, New York Giants - Has now started in back to back games since returning from injury. Despite the 31-13 loss to the Bengals, the O-line helped the Giants achieve 318 total yards including 129 yards on the ground.
Jon Asamoah, OG, Kansas City Chiefs - Started in all nine games for the Chiefs on the offensive line. Helped spearhead the Chiefs rushing game to an impressive 142 net yards on the ground. Chiefs lost in overtime, 16-13 to the Steelers.
Jeff Allen, OT, Kansas City Chiefs - After healing from his concussion, Allen started in his sixth straight game for Kansas City after earning the starting role in week 4. The O-line helped the Chiefs achieve 290 total net yards in their 16-13 loss to Pittsburgh.
Brit Miller, FB, St. Louis Rams - Miller has played in all nine games this season, proving to be an effective force in the rush game. The Rams rushed for 159 yards against the NFC West leading 49'ers. The game ended in a 24-24 tie, the first NFL tie in four years.
Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets - Cumberland played for the first time in 3 weeks after suffering a dislocated right hand. Cumberland did not record a catch in the Jets 28-7 loss to the Seahawks.
Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets - Moore made his 130th consecutive career start this past Sunday in the Jets 28-7 loss to the Seahawks. The Jets O-line succumbed to three sacks while allowing the offense to gain a total of 185 yards.
Alan Ball, CB, Houston Texans - Played but did not record a statistic in the Texans 13-6 win over the Bears.
Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Did not play in Sunday's 34-24 win over the Chargers.
Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots - Played but did not record a statistic in the Patriots 37-31 win over the Bills.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Mendenhall was once again inactive due to his Achilles injury. However, he could return in week 11 against rival Baltimore. Steelers beat the Chiefes 16-13.
Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts - Was Inactive in Thursday's game due to his left knee injury. Hopeful to a return to the field in week 11. Colts won 27-10 over the Jaguars.
AJ Jenkins, WR, San Francisco 49ers - Did not play in the 49'ers 24-24 tie to the Rams.
Former Illini on NFL Practice Squads
Jerry Brown, LB, Indianapolis Colts
Jack Cornell, OL, Baltimore Ravens
Jarred Fayson, WR, New England Patriots