Wes Welker returns from concussion with oversized helmet

Wes Welker's new, oversized helmet is on the left. His regular helmet is on the right. (USATSI)
Wes Welker's new, oversized helmet is on the left. His regular helmet is on the right. (USATSI)

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After missing five weeks with his second concussion of the season, wide receiver Wes Welker  returned to the field Sunday for the Broncos' AFC Divisional matchup against the Chargers. And he did so wearing an oversized helmet and a new mouthguard.

Taylor Twellman, a former U.S. Men's National Team member and MLS player, was forced from the game in 2010 due to a serious concussion. He now covers soccer for ESPN.

Welker, meanwhile, suffered his first concussion of the 2013 season back on Nov. 17, and then again on Dec. 9. He had been sidelined until Sunday.

Through two quarters, Welker has two catches for 10 yards, including a touchdown grab.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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