An old friend returned from injury and an old friend (kinda) returned to form. Here’s how all our former Illini fared this week in the NFL.
Jihad Ward, defensive end: Ward did not record any stats in the Ravens’ 31-17 win versus Washington.
Del’Shawn Phillips, linebacker: Phillips missed Sunday’s game versus the Las Vegas Raiders due to a quadriceps injury. Buffalo remained undefeated with its 30-23 road win.
Malik Turner, wide receiver/special teams: Turner did not record any stats in the Cowboys’ 49-38 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Whitney Mercilus, outside linebacker: It’s been a frustrating season so far for Mercilus, who’d registered just eight tackles through three games. However, Mercilus appeared to snap out of his slump Sunday, sacking Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins twice, and finishing with four tackles overall. Houston lost, 31-23.
Tavon Wilson, safety: The veteran DB has played sparingly in a reserve role for the Colts this season, and didn’t record a tackle in Indy’s victory against the Chicago Bears.
Dawuane Smoot, defensive end: Smoot totaled three stops and a tackle for loss in Jacksonville’s 33-25 defeat at Cincinnati.
Nick Allegretti, guard: This week’s Chiefs/Patriots game was postponed until Monday night due to positive COVID-19 tests. Allegretti again served as o-line depth for the defending Super Bowl champs, who beat the New England Patriots, 26-10.
Ted Karras, center: Karras started at center in Miami’s Week 4 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Clayton Fejedelem, safety/special teams: Fejedelem was active for Sunday’s game after missing the previous two weeks due to injury. Fej finished with one solo tackle.
Hardy Nickerson, linebacker: The former Illini grad transfer was on the Vikings’ active roster for the team’s 31-23 win over Houston, but did not record a tackle.
Justin Hardee, cornerback/special teams: Hardee was left off the stat sheet in the Saints’ win against Detroit.
Practice Squad guys:
Chase McLaughlin is a practice squad member on the Minnesota Vikings. Veteran defensive lineman and former first-rounder Corey Liuget was added to the Houston Texans’ practice squad this week.