Veteran linebacker James Harrison strapped the pads on for the first time of the summer Tuesday after being able take it easy since Steelers training camp opened.

Head coach Mike Tomlin had an arrangement with his 37-year-old linebacker to avoid contact and save the wear and tear that comes with the grind of summer practice. Harrison spent the first 11 sessions working out in his customary sweatsuit, but it didn't take long for him to bring the heat in his first time on the practice field.

"Everything picks up when 92 is on the field," Tomlin said via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Martavis Bryant (elbow) was back practicing for the first time after undergoing minor elbow surgery, as was safety Shamarko Thomas.

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