Each week the Illini in the NFL update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous week. Brandon Lloyd had a huge 190-yard game for the Patriots, while Jeff Cumberland (Jets) and Mikel Leshoure (Lions) both found the end zone to highlight Week 15 action.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots - Lloyd produced a stellar night for
New England, reeling in a season high 10 receptions for 190 yards in the
Patriots 41-34 loss to the 49ers. Lloyd now has 840 receiving yards on the
season, the second most on the team behind Wes Welker. Watch
Lloyd's 53-yard Catch from Tom Brady | Watch
Lloyd's 29-yard Catch
Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets - Cumberland caught four passes for 53 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown, in Monday's loss to the Titans. Filling in for an injured Dustin Keller, Cumberland was targeted a team-high nine times and has scored in two of his last three games. Watch Cumberland's 17-yard TD Reception
Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots - Hoomanawanui got on the highlight reel with a 41-yard reception, longest of his career, in the Patriots 41-34 losing effort to the 49ers. Watch Hoomanawanui's Career-Long 41-yard Catch
Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions - Leshoure had 14 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown, as well as two catches for four yards Sunday in a 38-10 loss to the Cardinals. Leshoure has now reached the end zone seven times in the past seven games. Watch Leshoure's TD Run
Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts - Starting in his third game back from injury, Davis recorded a season high nine tackles. He now has 23 total tackles in the previous three contests.
Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers - Liuget added five more tackles to his season total on Sunday. The Chargers dropped to the Panthers 31-7. Liuget has 43 tackles, 5.0 sacks and nine pass deflections on the season.
Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints - Thomas gained 13 yards on four carries and another 26 yards on three receptions for 39 total offensive yards. Thomas is maintaining an average of 4.7 yards per carry this season.
Kelvin Hayden, CB, Chicago Bears - Recorded six tackles in the 21-13 loss to the Packers, his second best tally of the year.
Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets - Moore made his 135th consecutive career start on Monday Night Football in the Jets 14-10 loss to the Seahawks. The Jets O-line did allow the running game to punch out 146 yards, but succumbed to four sacks in the game.
Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints - Wilson added one tackle and one pass deflection to bring his sophomore season total to 18 and two respectively.
Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans - Starting in his third straight game for the first place Texans, Mercilus recorded one tackle to bring his season total to 23.
Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants - In the 34-0 loss to the Falcons, Weatherford punted twice for an average of 55 yards with a long of 58. His average on the year is now 46.7 yards.
David Diehl, OT, New York Giants - Starting in his seventh game of the 2012-13 season, Diehl and the offensive line led the Giants to 256 total net yards with just one sack. The Giants lost 34-0 to the Falcons.
Jon Asamoah, OG, Kansas City Chiefs - Starting in every game he's played this year (13), Asamoah and the rest of the offensive-line were challenged by the Raiders, producing just 119 total net yards. Oakland won 15-0.
Jeff Allen, OT, Kansas City Chiefs - Allen started in his 11th straight start of the season. The Chiefs lost 15-0 to the Raiders as the O-line surrendered four sacks.
Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots - Wilson played in the 41-34 loss to the 49ers but did not record a tackle. This is the second no stat instance for the rookie this year.
Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Played but did not record in a stat in the Bucs 41-0 loss to the Saints.
AJ Jenkins, WR, San Francisco 49ers - Did not play in the 49'ers 24-24 tie to the Rams.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Mendenhall's suspension was a result of his non-attendance of Week 14's contest against the Chargers after he found out that he was going to be inactive for that game. However, the Steelers have reinstated Mendenhall from their Reserved/Suspended List and will play in next week's contest.
Alan Ball, CB, Houston Texans - Was once again inactive due to foot injury.
Former Illini on NFL Practice Squads
Jack Cornell, OL, Baltimore Ravens