Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/16/13
It's amazing the things that can turn the fortunes of a team during the season: a toe out of bounds, a phantom penalty, a freak snow storm. Or in the case of Michael Thomas and the Miami Dolphins, a decision to roll over in bed and finally look at his phone. The defensive back made two big plays Sunday on passes thrown by Tom Brady in the waning moments of Miami's victory at Sun Life Stadium — plays he wouldn't have been able to make had he waited, oh, another half-hour or so to check his phone last Monday morning. On the phone were missed calls and texts from his agent, Christina Phillips, who warned Thomas the Dolphins would move on if he didn't get back to her pronto. Thomas was a member of the San Francisco 49ers practice squad at the time, so the Dolphins needed his consent to sign him to their active roster. It was 10:20 a.m. PT, but it was already afternoon in South Florida and the Dolphins had to make their move. Thomas got back to them in time. Six days later, he knocked a ball out of Danny Amendola's hands on first down and then intercepted Brady's pass for Austin Collie in the end zone on fourth down. Opportunity was calling. Thomas finally answered. The Dolphins are happy he did, and they're happy to somehow still be in the AFC's playoff race. "I'm glad my sister was there. We hurried up and threw stuff in the bag," a giggling Thomas told FOX Sports on Sunday evening via that same cell phone, which, coincidentally, he misplaced for a few hours after the game. "I made the difficult call to (49ers coach Jim) Harbaugh and (GM) Trent Baalke, talked to (defensive coordinator) Vic Fangio and (secondary coach) Ed Donatell, but it was something I had to do. I had to take a chance on myself to prove I can play instead of just staying on the practice squad."
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