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Steelers Running Backs Coach Kirby Wilson Remains Hospitalized, Family Releases Statement

The Steelers released a statement on running backs coach Kirby Wilson, who was badly burned in a house fire before Pittsburgh's 29-23 (OT) loss at Denver in the Wild Card round of the AFC Playoffs.

Wilson remains in the hospital, and the injury will require further surgical procedures in the future.

The statement reads:

Mr. Kirby Wilson remains in critical condition in the Trauma Burn Center at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh. In addition to burns sustained over 45 percent of his body, he has suffered a smoke inhalation injury and will require multiple operative procedures in the future.

The Steelers web site also added:

The 50-year-old Wilson, in his fifth season with the Steelers is an original member of Mike Tomlin's inaugural coaching staff.

Wilson is from Los Angeles, and he played running back and wide receiver at Illinois before playing briefly in the Canadian Football League. He had coached running backs with four different NFL teams - New England, Washington, Arizona and Tampa Bay - before coming to the Steelers when Tomlin hired him in 2007.

Wilson is known by all who work for the Steelers as a man with a ready smile and a pleasant demeanor regardless of the circumstances. As a coach, he is known to his players as a tireless worker and a high-energy guy who is demanding yet fair.