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Wes Welker returns to Pats in no time

The WR plays his first game coming off knee surgery even earlier than expected

Updated: August 20, 2010, 1:47 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

ATLANTA -- Stunningly, it was just like old times.

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker played in a game for the first time since injuring his left knee Jan. 3, and from the moment he stepped on the field in Thursday's preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons, he was right in the middle of the action. On Welker's first three plays, he had three balls thrown in his direction.

His night was over early, after six snaps, but it was clear how much this meant to him.

"I ...

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