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Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey embracing comeback after losing 2013 to knee injury

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    Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin walks through his team during an NFL football organized team activity onTuesday, May 27, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (The Associated Press)

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    Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary take a break during an NFL football organized team activity onTuesday, May 27, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (The Associated Press)

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is back at work.

Pouncey joined his teammates on the field during organized team activities Tuesday, more than eight months after a right knee injury sidelined him for the 2013 season.

The three-time Pro Bowler said he had no problem during the workout and is thrilled to get back to football. He is expected to anchor an offensive line, which struggled staying healthy last season while the Steelers went 8-8.

Pouncey joked he'd never been hit the way he was hit by teammate David DeCastro in the 2013 opener against Tennessee. DeCastro fell on Pouncey eight plays into the game, tearing two ligaments in Pouncey's left knee in the process.

There were only two no-shows during the first day of OTAs, with cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu choosing to work out elsewhere.

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