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Steelers Coach Kirby Wilson Badly Burned in House Fire

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on January 06, 2012 11:47 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson's fire-related injuries will keep him away from Sunday's wild-card game against the Denver Broncos.

Wilson was burned after a fire broke out at his home at around 3 a.m. in the Seven Fields suburb of Pittsburgh.

Firefighters say the fire started in the kitchen. Wilson suffered "moderate to severe" burns, reports the AP. The injuries are not life threatening, though the 50-year-old coach was hospitalized.

It's an unfortunate incident at a bad time. The Steelers are playing Tim Tebow's Denver Broncos this weekend. All eyes will be watching to see if the Steelers' top-rated defense will shut down the Broncos floundering offense.

NFL fans may now also wonder if Kirby Wilson's absence will ultimately impact the game.

As for the fire itself, news reports haven't yet explained what caused the fire.

What if the blaze was the result of, say, a gas leak or some other appliance-related malfunction? In that case, the utilities providers or appliance manufacturers may be held legally liable for Wilson's injuries. They would then likely have to pay for the cost of his hospitalization, medical treatment, and pain.

One thing is for sure: the Steelers running backs coach will be missed at the game. Steelers president Art Rooney II released a statement expressing concern over Kirby Wilson's fire injuries: "The entire organization is praying for Kirby to have a full recovery."

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