Troy Polamalu isn't exactly a fan of the organized team activities concept — so much so that he hasn't shown up for any of the voluntary drills since early in his NFL career.
But coming off a season in which he missed 11 games with knee injuries, Polamalu had a change of heart.
"I am rediscovering old things," the safety said Monday after the Steelers' first of 14 scheduled sessions. "It feels good."
Usually, Polamalu works out with fitness guru Marv Marinovich in Southern California during the offseason, staying away from the football field. He didn't rule out a return to that regimen this year. He will be at today's session and next weekend's mandatory minicamp, but the remaining 12 organized team activities that stretch through June are up in the air.
Tomlin said he was pleasantly surprised to have Polamalu yesterday, even though he doesn't know how much longer he'll be around.
"The nature of these organized team activities are that they are voluntary," Tomlin said. "We will encourage participation, and we got it today. He looked good. It is good to have him back out there with his teammates, and he was excited to do it."