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Illini in the NFL - 2012 Week 16

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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 week. Mikel Leshoure and Pierre Thomas both scored touchdowns, Corey Liuget tallied a season high two sacks and both Vontae Davis and Kelvin Hayden recorded interceptions.

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers - Liuget disrupted the Jets offense by recording a season high two sacks to go along with five tackles. Liuget now has seven sacks on the year. Chargers won 27-17. Watch Liuget's First Sack | Watch Liuget's Second Sack

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Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts - Davis tallied four tackles, two pass deflections and a key interception in the end zone in the third quarter that prevented a potential Chiefs TD in the Colts 20-13 win over the Chiefs. Watch Davis' Interception

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions - Leshoure had 15 carries for 46 yards and touchdown, and caught three passes for 20 yards Saturday in 31-18 loss to the Falcons. Leshoure, who led the Detroit backfield with 18 total touches, punched in a goal-line touchdown in the third quarter, his ninth on the year and his eighth in the past eight games. Watch Leshoure's 1-yd TD Run

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Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints - Thomas produced his most effective game catching out of the backfield this season, reeling in seven receptions for 61 yards, including a five yard touchdown pass. Thomas also rushed the ball seven times for 16 yards. Watch Thomas' 5-yard TD Reception

Kelvin Hayden, CB, Chicago Bears - Recorded three tackles, two pass deflections, and an interception returned for 39 yards in the Bears 28-13 win over the Cardinals. Watch Hayden's Interception

Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots - Starting in his second straight game for the Patriots, Hoomanawanui once again got onto the stat sheet, recording two receptions for 46 yards with a long of 32, his best outing to date with New England. Patriots downed the Jaguars 23-16. Watch Uh-Oh's 32-yard Reception

Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots - Lloyd caught six passes, on 12 targets, for 62 yards in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Jaguars. Lloyd's longest reception of the day went for 16 yards. He needs 98 yards in the season finale for his second-career 1,000-yard season.

Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets - Moore made his 136th consecutive career start this weekend as the Jets lost 27-17 to the Chargers. Moore and the offensive-line helped muster 225 total net yards in the Jets attack.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Mendenhall returned from his one-game suspension to lead the Steelers in rushing, all of it in the second half of the game. Mendenhall had 11 carries for 50 yards in Pittsburgh's 13-10 loss to the Bengals

Jon Asamoah, OG, Kansas City Chiefs - Starting in every game he's played this year, Asamoah and the rest of the offensive-line produced a tremendous effort for the Chiefs, who piled up 507 total yards and 352 rushing yards in a 20-13 loss to the Colts.

Jeff Allen, OT, Kansas City Chiefs - Allen started in his 12th straight start of the season. The offensive line surrendered just one sack and helped pave the way for 507 total yards and 352 rushing yards in the 20-13 loss to the visiting Colts.

Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots - Wilson got back on the stat sheet this week recording four tackles in the Patriots 23-16 win over Jacksonville.

Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints - Wilson recorded one tackle in the Saints 34-31 overtime win against the Cowboys. Wilson has now tallied at least one tackle in the past three games.

Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans - Mercilus tallied one tackle for loss in the Texans 23-6 loss to the Vikings.

Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants - In the 33-14 loss to the Ravens, Weatherford punted a season high eight times for a 52.0-yard average, including an impressive 45.0 net average. Weatherford pinned the Ravens inside the 20-yard line three times. With one week to go, his punting average of 47.5 ypp is nearly two yards ahead of his career best (45.7) an his net average of 39.1 is just 0.1 off his career best of 39.2.

David Diehl, OT, New York Giants - Starting in his third straight game and eighth on the year, Diehl and the offensive line succumbed to the three sacks as the rest of the Giants attack produced just 186 total net yards. New York lost 33-14 to the Ravens.  

Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets - Cumberland started in his third straight game for the Jets, however, could not produce any receptions, as New York lost 27-17 to the Chargers.

Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Was inactive due to injury.

Alan Ball, CB, Houston Texans - Was once again inactive due to foot injury.

AJ Jenkins, WR, San Francisco 49ers - Was not active for the 49ers' 42-13 loss to the Seahawks.

Former Illini on NFL Practice Squads

Jack Cornell, OL, Baltimore Ravens

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