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Patriots wide receiver Welker has hair transplant

Monday - 7/23/2012, 1:51pm  ET

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FILE - In this April 3, 2012 file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker speaks to the media during a presentation in New York of new NFL uniforms designed by Nike. Welker has had a hair transplant and will appear in ads for the Rhode Island doctor who performed it. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

CRANSTON, R.I. - New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker has had a hair transplant and will appear in ads for the Rhode Island doctor who performed it.

Welker had the procedure done in Cranston this month during a five-hour session. It involved transplanting follicles to the parts of Welker's scalp where his hair had begun thinning.

The office of Dr. Robert Leonard, who performed the procedure, says Welker should start to see new hair growth in about four months. In the meantime, Leonard says Welker can resume normal activities, including playing football and wearing a helmet.

Welker will appear in radio, TV and print ads with Leonard starting in the fall to talk about what the procedure was like and to raise awareness about hair loss.

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