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Troy Polamalu returns to Pittsburgh Steelers practice

Troy Polamalu practiced with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time in seven weeks Friday, The Associated Press reported.

A strained right calf has limited the seven-time Pro Bowl safety to just five quarters of playing time this season.

"It was a Thanksgiving-Christmas gift to see him out there," Steelers cornerback Will Allen said, via The AP.

The Steelers listed Polamalu as limited in practice and doubtful for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. But if anyone can go straight to the field without much practice, it's the former NFL defensive most valuable player.

The Steelers honestly don't need much help against the Browns and their 20th-ranked pass offense. But they'll need Polamalu in their Week 13 rematch with the Baltimore Ravens.

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