Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure (25) gets past Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Fighting Illini in the NFL: Week 17

Week 17 of the NFL season concluded with an NFC East division “championship” between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys.

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

Dec 30 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (23) celebrates intercepting a ball in the end zone during a game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Houston 28-16. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts – Davis had a big game for the Indianapolis Colts in the season finale against the Houston Texans. In Chuck Pagano’s return to the sideline, Davis recorded five tackles and intercepted two balls for 26 yards.

Josh Brent, DT, Dallas Cowboys - Brent was still inactive for the game against the Washington Redskins.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers – Mendenhall ran for only 19 yards on six carries in the season finale against the Cleveland Browns. He also caught just two passes for a single yard.

Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets - Moore and the rest of the Jets’ offensive line had a decent game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Mark Sanchez was only sacked once for six yards and the Jets were able to run for 133 yards in the game.

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers – Luiget combined for three tackles (two tackles / one assisted tackle) in the finale against the Oakland Raiders.

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

Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots - Lloyd was targeted a total of five times by Tom Brady in the Patriots’ final game against the Miami Dolphins. However, he only caught one pass for nine yards in a winning effort.

Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets – Cumberland caught three passes for 36 yards in the Jet’s 28-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills.


Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions – In Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears, Leshoure ran for 57 yards on 15 carries. He also caught three passes for 20 yards.

Kelvin Hayden, CB, Chicago Bears – Hayden recorded two tackles in the win over the Detroit Lions. However, the Chicago Bears missed the playoffs after starting the season 7-1.

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints – Thomas did not play in New Orleans’ finale against the Carolina Panthers. He was placed on the IR with an undisclosed knee injury. He finished the season with 473 rushing yards on 105 attempts (4.5 YPC) and 354 receiving yards on 39 receptions in 15 games.

A.J. Jenkins, WR, San Francisco 49ers – Jenkins was not targeted a single time in the finale against the Arizona Cardinals.

Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints – Wilson did not record a single tackle in the loss to the Carolina Panthers in the season finale.

Dave Diehl, OT, New York Giants – Dave Diehl and the rest of the Giants’ offensive line had a great game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Eli Manning was only sacked once and the Giants ran the ball for 185 yards in the game.

Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants – Weatherford punted the ball two times for 98 yards in the win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans – Mercilus assisted on only a single tackle in the loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Alan Ball, CB, Houston Texans - Ball was questionable and did not play in the season finale against the Indianapolis Colts.

Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots - Wilson combined for three tackles (one solo / two assisted) in the win over the Miami Dolphins.

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