Troy Polamalu returns

PolamaluPolamaluPITTSBURGH -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (suspension) could not practice with the team during the start of mandatory minicamp. But the defense received a boost Friday with the return of Troy Polamalu.

The dynamic safety was back on the practice field with the first-team defense at the start of the team's mandatory minicamp. Polamalu missed 11 games last season with a left knee injury.

"We had a couple of OTA practices last week and it feels good," Polamalu said of his knee. "It's feeling better with time, thank god."

For more on Polamalu, here is the full report on ESPN.com.