Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson injured in house fire (updated)


Steelers coach Kirby Wilson (AP)

Kirby Wilson, running backs coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was badly burned in a fire at his home early Friday morning.

Wilson, 50, is in a medically induced coma with burns over 30-to-50 percent of his body, a team source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

Firefighters were called to his townhouse in Seven Fields, a Pittsburgh suburb, at about 2:45 a.m. to put out a blaze that started in the kitchen.

“First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with Kirby and his entire family,” Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a statement released by the team. “We are saddened to hear about this unfortunate situation, but we know that he has the best medical care in the country treating him. The entire organization is praying for Kirby to have a full recovery and we will be by his side through this difficult time.”

Wilson, who was a running backs coach with the Washington Redskins in 2000, also has coached with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots, joined the Steelers when Mike Tomlin was hired as head coach in 2007.

The Steelers play the Denver Broncos at 4:30 p.m. EST Sunday in an AFC wild-card game in Denver.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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