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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Martin congratulated teammate

By James Walker
ESPN.com

DAVIE, Fla. -- New Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas is still riding high from his game-saving interception in Sunday's 24-20 win over the New England Patriots. But Thomas' big day was slightly bittersweet because he couldn't share it with good friend and former college teammate Jonathan Martin.

Thomas was claimed off waivers last week by Miami and made two huge plays against quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots. But Martin left the Dolphins on Oct. 28 amid bullying and harassment accusations by teammate Richie Incognito. Martin was put on the Non-Football Injury list on Dec. 1, ending his season.

According to Thomas, Martin "definitely" still roots for the Dolphins and congratulated Thomas for his winning play Sunday.

"He's one of my best friends at Stanford," Thomas said of Martin. "So he texted me right after the game. He [said], 'He sees me and congrats.' That's it. That means a lot. I looked up to Jon when he got drafted in the second round and all his hard work he put in at Stanford."

Thomas said he's had no issues in Miami's locker room, and the Dolphins have been supportive from the start. Martin was one of the first people to contact Thomas when claimed by the Dolphins last week, according to Thomas.

The pair stays in constant communication. However, Thomas said Martin's issue with the Dolphins is off-limits.

"I wasn't here when everything went down," Thomas said. "So when I talk to Jon, it's strictly from a friend-to-friend basis."

The Dolphins (8-6) will travel to face the Buffalo Bills (5-9) Sunday. Miami controls its own playoff destiny and can clinch a wild card by winning its final two games.

Incognito, who remains suspended as the NFL investigation continues, said in an interview that he still supports the Dolphins.

"I love these guys," Incognito said. "I talk to them every single day, so I feel like I'm out there with them in spirit. I talk to the coaches after the game, the players.

"It was so much fun watching them win a big game Sunday against a very good division opponent that's owned the AFC East. I saw a team come together and play a complete football game and win a game in December when it matters with playoff implications."