For the first time since he was tragically injured in a house fire in January, Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson visited the Steelers South Side facility Wednesday, and was reportedly honored with a cake upon his arrival.
The fire occurred mere hours before the Steelers were set to travel to Denver for their AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Broncos. Denver won the game 29-23 in overtime, despite the Steelers' rattling off 156 rushing yards - 121 from back-up RB Isaac Redman, a career high for the third-year back.
Wilson says he expects to return to work at the end of this month.
We opined during the offseason Wilson may have been a good choice to fill the Steelers' open offensive coordinator vacancy, if not for his injury. The job eventually went to former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley, but Wilson will still remain with the team.
His body of work speaks for itself. Including Redman's outstanding performance in an otherwise dreary offensive playoff game, four of the Steelers five running backs had at least one carry of 20 yards or more, and the team averaged 4.4 yards a carry through the regular season.