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By Scott Brown
Thursday, April 5, 2012
 

Kirby Wilson didn't return to work Wednesday. But the Steelers running backs coach made a significant step in his recovery from a house fire that left him severely burned and in a medical-induced coma.

Wilson visited the Steelers' South Side facility for the first time since a Jan. 6 blaze at his Seven Fields townhouse. Wilson, moving slowly and with a cane but in good spirits, visited with coaches and other staff members. The team had cake and ice cream for him.

The Steelers did not make him available to the media.

Wilson, who has been with the Steelers since 2007, was released from UPMC Mercy in late March.

Coach Mike Tomlin is holding Wilson's spot on the staff for him. Special teams assistant coach Amos Jones will work with the running backs until Wilson returns.

"He is an extremely tough guy, an extremely blessed guy," Tomlin said of Wilson last week, "and we are excited about getting him back at some point."

Another tackle visits

The Steelers continued to take a closer look at offensive tackles Wednesday when they hosted Mississippi's Bobby Massie.

Massie is the second highly regarded offensive tackle to visit the Steelers. The team met with Ohio State's Mike Adams last month.

Massie started at right tackle last season, and the 6-foot-6, 316-pounder bypassed his senior season to enter the draft. Teams are allowed to host 30 out-of-area prospects in advance of the draft. The Steelers have had at least seven such visits.

They also hosted free agent left tackle Demetress Bell on Friday, but Bell signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday. Bell started parts of the past two seasons with the Buffalo Bills.

Sepulveda out?

It looks like the Steelers have parted ways with punter Daniel Sepulveda.

Sepulveda, who has suffered three season-ending knee injuries since the Steelers took him in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft, said he does not expect the team to re-sign him.

The Steelers already have re-signed Jeremy Kapinos, who averaged 45.0 yards per punt after replacing Sepulveda midway through last season.

Sepulveda twice won the Ray Guy Award while at Baylor, but he never consistently showed off the booming punts that were his signature in college because of injuries. He tore the ACL in his right knee in 2008 and '10. A meniscus tear ended his 2011 season in early November.

Colts exhibition game set

The Steelers will host the Indianapolis Colts for a nationally televised game as part of their preseason slate. The Steelers play the visiting Colts at 8 p.m. Aug. 19, and the game will be shown on NBC.

The Steelers open preseason play with a trip to Philadelphia, return to Pittsburgh to host the Colts and travel to Buffalo the following week. The Steelers play their final preseason game against the visiting Carolina Panthers.

Dates and times for the games against the Eagles, Bills and Panthers will be released later.

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