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Saturday, January 7, 2012
Steelers tragedy puts 'things in perspective'

By Jamison Hensley

The injuries suffered by Steelers running back coach Kirby Wilson in a house fire early Friday aren't life-threatening, a source told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The paper reported Wilson has burns on 30 to 50 percent of his body. His official condition isn't known, and the fifth-year running backs coach didn't travel with the team to Denver for Sunday's wild-card playoff game.

"We're keeping him in our prayers and hope things aren't worse off for him," linebacker James Farrior told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "It definitely put things in perspective. Football is not everything. Life is fragile -- that's a proper perspective."

Many of the Steelers players were stunned by the news.

"It's just crazy," wide receiver Hines Ward said. "Just yesterday we were laughing, and next thing you know, he's in the hospital. That's the thing, we just got to wait and see and get an update. We can't let that be a distraction. We've still got to go out there and play."
Isaac Redman, who replaces injured Rashard Mendenhall as the team's featured back, said coach Mike Tomlin discouraged players from visiting the hospital.

"He's such a hard-working coach," Redman told the Post-Gazette of Wilson. "He was always the first guy in the building. He was always here. He takes pride in the running backs."
Members of the Broncos, who play the Steelers, passed along prayers for Wilson.

"We're all hoping for the best," Denver quarterback Tim Tebow told the Tribune-Review.