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Tip Sheet: Steelers' healthy returns

With Polamalu and Smith rounding into form, Pittsburgh hopes to reclaim swagger on D

Originally Published: May 7, 2010
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

No matter how many games in which troubled quarterback Ben Roethlisberger participates in 2010, the Pittsburgh Steelers know they have to play better, more resourceful defense than they did a year ago.

And they know that to do so, they will require the returns to health of strong safety Troy Polamalu and end Aaron Smith.

The two stalwarts appeared in only 10 games combined in 2009, Polamalu falling victim to a sprained left knee (which did not require surgery but was ...

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