Linebacker Jason Worilds back on the field at mini-camp

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After missing most of OTA's due to a calf injury, the Steelers transition-tagged linebacker is back on the field.

Troy Polamalu wasn't the only player to rejoin the team Tuesday.

OLB Jason Worilds missed most of the Steelers organized team activities due to a calf injury. But, it appears that he has returned in some capacity to practice from a video that beat-writer Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review posted on Youtube.

Of course, Worilds could very well be limited in practice. But, to see him doing individual drills is encouraging.

These are encouraging words for fans as well as the front office since the Steelers bascially chose Worilds over former Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley who had his fair share of injures in the second half of his career. While Woodley had been a dominant linebacker at times, he couldn't seem to stay on the field in recent years.

Although, Woodley's inability to stay on the field did have a bright side.

In Woodley's absence in 2013, 2010 2nd round pick Jason Worilds finally stepped up to the plate. With Woodley on the sideline, Worilds took over the left outside-linebacker position and racked up eight-sacks. The Steelers then signed him to the transition-tag this offseason, keeping him under contract for at least one more season.

The hope is that a long-term deal will get reached as their is little to no depth behind him. But, the fact that Worilds is back on the field is good news. No matter how good a player is, if they can't stay healthy, it doesn't matter how good they are as the Steelers experienced with Woodley.

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