Each week the Illini in the NFL update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous weeks. It was a good week for tight ends and running backs as both Hoomanawanui and Cumberland both reeled in four catches for 50+ yards while Pierre Thomas and Rashard Mendenhall each averaged at least four yards per carry. Meanwhile the duo of Asamoah/Allen has pushed the Chiefs to 6-0 for the first time since 2003.
Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints - Thomas ran for 51 yards on 11 carries and caught one pass on one target for 29 yards, his longest of the season, in Sunday's last second loss at New England. Thomas averaged 4.6 yards per carry, his best outing since week 2.
Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets - Once again Cumberland was productive despite a small number of targets (five) as he caught four passes for 59 yards in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh. Cumberland has now posted 50+ receiving yards in the past two games. Watch Cumberland reel in a 29-yard reception here.
Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots - Hoomanawanui tied his career high
of four receptions and achieved a new career high of 57 receiving yards in the
Patriots last second win over the Saints.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals - Mendenhall had 10 carries for 40 yards and caught one pass on one target for two yards in Sunday's loss at San Francisco. Mendenhall's 4.0 yards per carry was his second best outing on the year. He now has 259 total rushing yards on the season.
Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans - Mercilus once again tacked on three tackles to his 2013 season resume in Houston's 38-13 loss to St. Louis. Mercilus has recorded at least three tackles in every game this season and has 25 total on the year.
Jeff Allen, OT, Jon Asamoah, OG, Kansas City Chiefs - Both Asamoah and Allen started in their fifth respective games of the season. They anchored the offensive line into achieving yet another 100+ yard rushing game. The Chiefs are off to their second best start in franchise history and move to 6-0 for the first time since 2003. Watch Allen make a key block for the touchdown score here.
Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts - Davis more than doubled his season high in tackles Monday night when he tallied seven in the loss to San Diego. Davis has 18 total tackles on the year.
Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers - Liuget tallied two tackles in San Diego's 19-9 win over Indianapolis. Liuget has started in all six games this season.
Hugh Thornton, OL, Indianapolis Colts - Thornton started in his fourth straight game for the Colts but Indianapolis fell to San Diego 19-9 on Monday Night Football. The Colts offensive line only allowed one sack during the game.
Alan Ball, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars - Started for the Jaguars in their 35-19 loss against the Broncos and their high-powered passing attack. Ball recorded four solo tackles.
David Diehl, OT, New York Giants - Started for the Giants in their 27-21 loss to the Bears despite pushing the Giants to 123 yards rushing for the game.
Michael Buchanan, DE, New England Patriots - Buchanan recorded a tackle in his third straight game as the Patriots came from behind and beat the Saints 30-27.
Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions - Played in his first game of the season in the Lions 31-17 victory over the Browns. Leshoure recorded 9 yards rushing on two attempts after in injury sidelined Joique Bell.
Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants - Weatherford punted just three times Thursday night in the Giants 27-21 loss at the Bears. Weatherford's punts averaged 46.3 yards per kick.
Glenn Foster, DL, New Orleans Saints - Foster played in his fourth game of the season and recorded a tackle in the Saints 30-27 loss to the Patriots. It was Foster's third game with a tackle this year.
Tony Pashos, OL, Oakland Raiders - Started for the Raiders in their 24-7 loss to the Chiefs while helping the team rush for 125 yards on the ground.
AJ Jenkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs - Jenkins played and almost caught his second career NFL reception but the bubble-screen pass from Alex Smith was thrown too high.
Akeem Spence, DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Started in his second straight game of the season, third overall. Spence did not get on the stat sheet.
Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots - Wilson was inactive for Sunday's game vs the Saints due to a hamstring injury. He has now missed the last two games.
Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints - Wilson was ruled inactive for Sunday's game at New England.
Former Illini on Injured Reserve
Arrelious Benn, WR, Philadelphia Eagles - Out for season with torn left ACL suffered during training camp.
Kelvin Hayden, CB, Chicago Bears - Out for season with a torn left hamstring suffered in early August.
Graham Pocic, OL, St. Louis Rams - Out for season is injury suffered during training camp.
Former Illini on NFL Practice Squads
Jack Cornell, OL, Oakland Raiders - Is back on the practice squad after making his NFL debut last Sunday vs. San Diego.
Justin Green, DB, New England Patriots