Illinois Fighting Illini in the NFL: Week 13

Week 13 of the NFL season concluded last night as the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants and the week is over for Illini players currently in the NFL.

Here is how some of Illinois’ former players fared during this week.

Dec 2, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) sacks Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) during the second half at LP Field. The Texans beat the Titans 24-10. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US Presswire

Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans – Whitney Mercilus recorded two tackles in the 24-10 win over the Titans this weekend.

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints – Thomas ran for 84 yards on 14 carries with no touchdowns on Thursday Night Football. He also caught one pass that went for only five yards.

Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints – Wilson did not record a single tackle in the loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Kelvin Hayden, CB, Chicago Bears – Kelvin Hayden and the Bears’ defense had a rough game against the Seattle Seahawks. Hayden recorded two tackles as the Bears lost to the Seahawks in overtime.

Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts – After missing the entire month of November, Davis returned for this week’s game against Detroit. He recorded a season-high six total tackles as the Colts beat the Lions on a last second touchdown pass by Andrew Luck.

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions – Mikel Leshoure ran for 57 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. He also caught two passes for 16 yards as the Lions lost to the Colts.

Alan Ball, CB, Houston Texans - Ball was inactive this week against the Tennessee Titans with a foot injury.

Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Benn did not play against the Carolina Panthers this weekend. He is on the IR due to a shoulder injury.

A.J. Jenkins, WR, San Francisco 49ers – Jenkins did not play in the game against the St. Louis Rams this weekend.

Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots - Wilson only recorded one tackle in the win over the Dolphins.

Dec 2, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (85) recovers an on side kick against the Miami Dolphins in the fourth quarter Sun Life Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Dolphins 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots - Lloyd was listed as probable this weekend, but played against Miami. He only caught one pass for ten yards and also recovered an onside kick in the fourth quarter.

Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets - Moore and the rest of the Jets offensive line had a rough time blocking for Mark Sanchez in the win over Arizona. Sanchez was sacked three times. However, McElroy was not sacked once after Sanchez was benched.

Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets – Cumberland was listed as probable this weekend, but played against the Cardinals. He had two catches for 25 yards and scored one touchdown.

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers – Liuget had a very nice game despite losing to the Cincinnati Bengals. He had three tackles, two assisted tackles, and five combined tackles.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers – After being moved to 3rd on Pittsburgh’s depth chart, Mendenhall was made inactive for the game against the Ravens.

Josh Brent, DT, Dallas Cowboys - Josh Brent recorded two tackles and forced a fumble in the Cowboys’ 38-33 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Dave Diehl, OT, New York Giants –Despite losing to the Redskins, Dave Diehl and the rest of the Giants offensive line blocked well on Monday Night Football. The Washington defense only recorded one sack on Eli Manning.

Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants – Weatherford punted the ball three times for 148 yards in the loss to the Washington Redskins.

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Topics: Brandon Lloyd, Football, Illinois Fighting Illini, NFL, Whitney Mercilus

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