Former Illini in the NFL update: Week 9
JEFF ALLEN and JON ASAMOAH, Chiefs. Starting offensive linemen helped pave the way for 113 yards rushing and kept QB Matt Cassel mostly off his back (one sack), but Kansas City fell to 1-7 with a loss at San Diego.
ALAN BALL, Texans. Coming off bye week, corner had a pair of tackles on special teams as Houston improved to 7-1 with home win against Bills.
ARRELIOUS BENN, Buccaneers. Was once again not targeted as a receiver, but he had a pair of kickoff returns for 59 yards (long of 34) in win at Oakland.
JOSH BRENT, Cowboys. Backup nose tackle had two tackles, including half a sack, in loss at Atlanta.
JEFF CUMBERLAND, Jets. Tight end gets a week off to rehab his dislocated hand.
VONTAE DAVIS, Colts. Cornerback was not active after injuring his left knee last week against Tennessee.
DAVE DIEHL, Giants. Offensive lineman returned to the starting lineup, but New York ran for only 68 yards and QB Eli Manning was sacked twice in home loss to Steelers.
KELVIN HAYDEN, Bears. Cornerback recovered a pair of Titans fumbles, returning one 15 yards, in a blowout. He also had two tackles in Bears’ road win.
MICHAEL HOOMANAWANUI, Patriots. Tight end and his mates get the week off.
A.J. JENKINS, 49ers. Will No. 17 be inactive again? Check back next week, the 49ers had a bye.
MIKEL LESHOURE, Lions. Pride of Centennial had touchdown runs of 1, 7 and 8 yards, finishing with 70 yards on 16 carries in Detroit’s win at Jacksonville.
COUREY LIUGET, Chargers. Starting defensive end had four tackles and batted down a pass in victory against visiting Chiefs on Thursday night.
BRANDON LLOYD, Patriots. Receiver got the week off.
RASHARD MENDENHALL, Steelers. Tailback (foot injury) was inactive.
WHITNEY MERCILUS, Texans. Coming off bye week, rookie linebacker had three tackles, including a sack, and forced a fumble in win against visiting Bills.
BRIT MILLER, Rams. Fullback got the week off.
BRANDON MOORE, Jets. Right guard got the week off.
PIERRE THOMAS, Saints. Catch the tailback Monday night against the Eagles.
STEVE WEATHERFORD, Giants. Booted it five times (long of 55) for 47.4-yard average, putting one inside the 20, but New York lost to visiting Pittsburgh.
MARTEZ WILSON, Saints. Defensive lineman plays Monday night against the visiting Eagles.
TAVON WILSON, Patriots. Rookie had the week off, which he spent trying to pump up his former Ilini teammates against Ohio State.