Steelers expect running backs coach to return
A fire that left Steelers assistant coach Kirby Wilson severely burned and in a medically induced coma apparently won't stop him from returning to the sideline.
Coach Mike Tomlin told the Steelers' website Monday that he expects Wilson to resume coaching the team's running backs this season. Tomlin said Wilson, badly injured in a Jan. 6 fire, is "doing great" and is ahead of schedule as far as his recovery.
Tomlin said assistant special teams coach Amos Jones will fill in for Wilson until the latter is ready to return to work. Jones helped coach running backs at the University of Cincinnati from 1999-2002, and Tomlin coached the Bearcats' secondary for two of those seasons.
"We're very comfortable with our ability to bridge the gap, at least in the short-term, in house and continue to support Kirby in his recovery," Tomlin said.
Wilson, 50, has made major strides since he narrowly escaped a grease fire that started in the kitchen of his Seven Fields townhouse. Wilson sustained burns on 45 percent of his body and also suffered major smoke inhalation.
He has been at UPMC Mercy since the fire, which broke out two days before the Steelers' 29-23 loss to Denver in an AFC Wild Card game.
"He has surprised the doctors with the rate of recovery," Tomlin said. "Obviously we still have a long way to go, but it has been just awesome to watch him through this process and see the improvement in him."
Wilson has coached the Steelers' running backs since 2007, Tomlin's first season as head coach.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers hope group of low-budget cornerbacks can deliver
- Steelers notebook: Team hasn’t called on Keisel, Harrison yet
- Inside the ropes: Shazier shows off speed
- Steelers hoping that youth movement breathes life into team
- GM Colbert expects Roethlisberger to end career with Steelers
- Steelers linebacker Spence confident he can avoid injury setbacks
- Roethlisberger ‘prays’ he can stay with Steelers when deal expires
- Steelers cut linebacker Kion Wilson, sign cornerback Toler