Ben Roethlisberger returned to the practice field yesterday for the first time since the Steelers' two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback was suspended six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Roethlisberger is taking part in the fourth week of the Steelers' 5 weeks of voluntary practices. He last practiced on April 20, the day before he was disciplined by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. A 20-year-old college student accused him of sexual assault in Milledgeville, Ga., but no charges were filed.

Roethlisberger wasn't allowed to practice again until he underwent a behavioral evaluation as part of the suspension, which could be reduced to four games. He can take part in training camp and play in exhibition games, but will be barred from all team activities once his suspension begins.

A Steelers spokesman said neither Roethlisberger nor Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will talk to reporters following practice.


* Three Indianapolis Colts - all Pro Bowlers last season - are skipping another round of voluntary workouts. Receiver Reggie Wayne does not traditionally show up until the mandatory offseason workouts. Indianapolis police are investigating credit card charges after Wayne told them an ex-girlfriend may have used his credit-card number to make more than $93,000 in online purchases. Defensive end Robert Mathis reportedly wants to renegotiate his contract and did not attend any team workouts in May. Safety Antoine Bethea has not signed his 1-year tender with the Colts.

* Seattle signed tight end Anthony McCoy, their sixth-round draft pick, to a multiyear deal. The team did not release terms. McCoy is the first of Seattle's nine draft picks to sign.

* New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese said the brother of defensive end Mathia Kiwanuka is in "stable" condition following a motorcycle accident last Friday. According to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police, Benedict Kiwanuka hit a car pulling out of an apartment complex and it was estimated that he was thrown 100 feet. He was taken to Methodist Hospital, where he was originally listed in critical condition with multiple injuries. Reese said the news has since become more positive.

* Baltimore is close to signing free-agent kicker Shayne Graham, according to a report. reported that the Ravens and Graham, who played the last seven season with Cincinnati, are close to signing a 1-year deal. Graham would challenge veteran Billy Cundiff for the job.