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Illini in the NFL: Week 11 Update

One Illini alum in the NFL was responsible for all of his team’s points on Sunday.

NFL: New England Patriots at Houston Texans Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens

Jihad Ward, defensive end: Ward was inactive for Baltimore’s home game versus the Tennessee Titans.

Buffalo Bills

Del’Shawn Phillips, linebacker: The Bills were on bye this week.

Dallas Cowboys:

Malik Turner, wide receiver/special teams: Turner was inactive for Dallas’ game at the Minnesota Vikings. He has not played since Week 4.

Houston Texans:

Coming off an ugly 10-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns, Houston returned home to play Cam Newton and the New England Patriots. Houston won 27-20.

Corey Liuget, defensive tackle: Liuget played some meaningful football last week and recorded a sack. This week he did not appear on the defensive stat sheet.

Whitney Mercilus, outside linebacker: Mercilus was back in the starting lineup for the second straight week. He recorded 1 tackle in Houston’s win.

Indianapolis Colts:

Tavon Wilson, safety/special teams: Wilson was active for Sunday’s game versus the Green Bay Packers. It was one of the better games featuring two of the league’s better teams. The Colts won 34-31 in overtime and Wilson had 1 tackle in the game and appeared in 55 percent of Indy’s special teams snaps.

Jacksonville Jaguars:

The 1-8 Jaguars hosted the 9-0 Pittsburgh Steelers. What could possibly go wrong? A 27-3 scoreline says it all — the Steelers remain undefeated.

Chase McLaughlin, kicker: McLaughlin’s debut last week went swimmingly despite the loss to the Green Bay Packers. This week, McLaughlin was responsible for all of Jacksonville’s points. He hit his only field goal attempt: A 41-yarder in the opening quarter of the game.

Dawuane Smoot, defensive end: Smoot had 1 tackle and a QB hit.

Kansas City Chiefs:

Nick Allegretti, guard: Allegretti and the Chiefs returned from bye week with a vengeance — a rematch versus their division foe Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday Night Football. Mitchell Schwartz remains injured and out, so Allegretti started his fourth consecutive game at guard for the defending Super Bowl champs.

Miami Dolphins:

The Miami Dolphins had a not-so-easy matchup in the altitude when they faced the Denver Broncos at Mile High. Sure, the Dolphins are the much better team — but that altitude, especially if it’s one of your first times playing in it, can be a hurdle. That was certainly the case as Miami fell on the road 20-13.

Ted Karras, center: Karras had an off week last week and was responsible for a Dolphins turnover. He bounced back and looked much better against Denver.

Clayton Fejedelem, safety/special teams: Fej had one of his best games in a Dolphins uniform. He had 3 tackles, was his usual solid self on special teams and was partly responsible for this little blunder:


Minnesota Vikings:

Hardy Nickerson, linebacker/special teams: Nickerson hasn’t seen a whole lot of action lately on defense. Against the Cowboys, Nickerson had 1 tackle and played 63 percent of Minnesota’s special teams snaps.

New Orleans Saints:

Justin Hardee, cornerback/special teams: Dealing with a groin injury, Justin Hardee was added to New Orleans’ IR list along with teammate Sheldon Rankins a couple of weeks leading up to the game against the Tampa Bay Bucs. Hardee was unavailable for New Orleans’ divisional game versus the Atlanta Falcons. He has not played since Nov. 1 against the Chicago Bears.

*Just a reminder, Detroit Lions wide receiver Geronimo Allison and New England Patriots tight end Matt LaCosse opted out of the 2020 season because of COVID-19.