Ex-Illini in the NFL update: Leshoure lights it up
A checkup on the former Illini in the NFL after another wild weekend:
JEFF ALLEN and Jon Asamoah, Chiefs. Starting offensive linemen didn’t allow Brady Quinn to be sacked — but couldn’t help the ground game get going (80 yards) — against the Buccaneers.
Alan BALL, Texans. Got off the inactive list to take on the Packers, recording one special teams tackle.
ARRELIOUS BENN, Buccaneers. Receiver saw action on special teams, returning two kickoffs for 36 yards.
JOSH BRENT, Cowboys. Not nose tackle’s fault Dallas lost again — he saw only a few snaps and recorded no stats.
JEFF CUMBERLAND, Jets. A week after catching a TD pass against the Texans, the Lanky One was targeted once but failed to connect with Mark Sanchez.
VONTAE DAVIS, Colts. Struggling cornerback was activated but did not play against the Jets.
DAVE DIEHL, Giants. Finally off the inactive list (knee), the backup tackle worked up a sweat against the 49ers.
KELVIN HAYDEN, Bears. Bye week.
MICHAEL HOOMANAWANUI, Patriots. Tight end was inactive (concussion).
A.J. JENKINS, 49ers. No. 17 was inactive — again.
MIKEL LESHOURE, Lions. Pride of Centennial had a game-high 70 yards rushing on 15 carries to go with three catches for 24 yards.
COUREY LIUGET, Chargers. Defensive end had a good view of Peyton Manning's comeback, finishing with three tackles.
BRANDON LLOYD, Patriots. Tom Brady threw his way 12 times, the starting receiver making six catches for 80 yards.
RASHARD MENDENHALL, Steelers. In his second game back from a knee injury, tailback had 6 yards on six carries before leaving with a minor foot injury Thursday. His status for next week’s game is uncertain.
WHITNEY MERCILUS, Texans. Rookie finally felt the sting of defeat Sunday night, making one tackle against the Packers.
BRIT MILLER, Rams. Reserve fullback and special teams participant returned a kickoff 16 yards before fumbling to set up a Dolphins field goal.
BRANDON MOORE, Jets. Starting right guard helped pave the way for 252 yards rushing and kept his quarterbacks upright for the most part (one sack).
PIERRE THOMAS, Saints. Bye week.
STEVE WEATHERFORD, Giants. Dude’s punting like Ray Guy. A week after averaging 50.0 yards against the Browns, Mr. Muscles averaged 49.8 on four punts in San Francisco.
MARTEZ WILSON, Saints. Bye week.
TAVON WILSON, Patriots. Rookie defensive back earned his second start, knocking down a Russell Wilson pass and making one tackle.