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Former Dolphin Donald Thomas thriving with Patriots

Donald Thomas joins a long list of former Dolphins who went on to perform well for the Patriots.

Jim Rogash

In 2010, the Miami Dolphins chose to release right guard Donald Thomas, who is now thriving with the New England Patriots. Omar Kelly from the Sun Sentinel digs for a reason why Thomas was let go, but cannot find a good answer.

By most metrics, Thomas was a solid starting right guard in 2009. But after the season, the Dolphins brought in Richie Incognito and drafted John Jerry, which relegated Thomas to the bench. Miami then chose to drop Thomas, who struggled to find a permanent gig in 2010.

But in 2011, the Patriots made Thomas a part-time starter, and both parties have benefited. The Patriots offensive line has been especially good this season, as it averages 143.7 rushing yards per game. In addition, Tom Brady has only been sacked 15 times through 11 games this season.

When the Pats and Dolphins square off on Sunday, Donald Thomas will likely start against his former team.

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