Ex-Illini in the NFL update: Vontae Davis delivers
Our weekly update of how former Illini fared in the NFL:
JEFF ALLEN and JON ASAMOAH, Chiefs. Starting guards paved way for Jamaal Charles’ 165-yard day, but Kansas City was blown out at Cleveland.
ALAN BALL, Texans. Cornerback (foot injury) might sit again tonight at New England.
JOSH BRENT, Cowboys. Was arrested Saturday for intoxication manslaughter after his one-car crash killed fellow former Illini Jerry Brown.
JEFF CUMBERLAND, Jets. Starting tight end had one grab for 37 yards in win at Jacksonville.
VONTAE DAVIS, Colts. Starting corner made eight tackles — one of which was a sack — and knocked away a pass in home victory against Titans.
DAVE DIEHL, Giants. Starting offensive lineman helped lead the way for a 100-yard rusher and kept QB Eli Manning clean (no sacks) in home win against Saints.
KELVIN HAYDEN, Bears. Starting cornerback made four tackles in loss at Minnesota.
MICHAEL HOOMANAWANUI, Patriots. Tight end plays tonight against visiting 11-1 Texans.
A.J. JENKINS, 49ers. Rookie receiver was active but didn’t catch any passes in home win against Dolphins.
MIKEL LESHOURE, Lions. Pride of Centennial had 49 rushing yards in loss at Green Bay.
COREY LIUGET, Chargers. Starting defensive end made one tackle — a sack — and batted down two passes in victory at Pittsburgh.
BRANDON LLOYD, Patriots. Receiver and his teammates host Texans tonight.
RASHARD MENDENHALL, Steelers. Tailback was inactive (knee) for second week in a row.
WHITNEY MERCILUS, Texans. Rookie linebacker and his teammates look for AFC homefield advantage tonight at New England.
BRANDON MOORE, Jets. Starting right guard had good day — two backs with 75-plus yards, only one sack allowed — in win at Jacksonville.
PIERRE THOMAS, Saints. Backup tailback led the team in receiving with seven catches for 57 yards and ran for 19 more yards in road loss to Giants.
STEVE WEATHERFORD, Giants. Punter booted it three times — all three pinning the visiting Saints inside the 20 — for a 38.7-yard average in victory.
MARTEZ WILSON, Saints. Backup defensive end had a QB hurry and a special teams tackle in loss at Giants.
TAVON WILSON, Patriots. Catch rookie cornerback tonight against visiting Texans.