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As undrafted rookie Hewitt prepares for Dolphins debut, thoughts are with incarcerated mom

Is it truly a homecoming if the woman who raised you isn't a part of it?

Safe to say, Neville Hewitt's emotions will be conflicted Sunday, when the unlikeliest Dolphin makes his NFL debut.

Hewitt, an undrafted linebacker whose earliest years were spent in Metro D.C., returns to the Beltway on Sunday, when the Dolphins face the Washington Redskins in the 2015 season opener.

But his mother, Deon Angella Jones, will not be there to cheer on her eldest son.

She will be hundreds of miles away, in Arrendale State Prison, 70 miles northeast of Atlanta. And she might be there for nearly another two decades.

Jones is almost seven years through...