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04/26/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Matt Lauer Returns To "Today" In Sling To Antlers, GMA Gift, Brian Williams Deer Joke (VIDEO)

Matt Lauer returned to the "Today" show Thursday morning in a sling following a bike accident with a deer over the weekend. He underwent shoulder surgery earlier this week.

Lauer was greeted by a studio full of staff wearing antlers, including Ann Curry, who told Matt, "we refuse to make any fun of you!"

Later in the show, a producer from rival show "Good Morning America" came by to drop off a present — a road sign that says MATT XING — and a note from executive producer Jim Murphy. The note, which Lauer read aloud, read:

Matt, I hope General Electric takes your health seriously enough to give you some time off to recuperate. Anything less than a few months would be scandalous.

Finally, Brian Williams sent a message to Lauer — coincidentally interrupted by a deer.

Watch Curry welcome Lauer back:

Watch GMA present the gift and Brian Williams joke below: