NBC Sports – Several Steelers have the flu, Mike Tomlin says they’ll be fine.

An illness is going around the Steelers’ locker room, but coach Mike Tomlin says he’s not overly concerned about it.

Four players missed practice with an illness today, and there are reportedly more than a dozen people in the Steelers facility feeling sick. Tomlin, however, said he believes everyone will be good to go in New England on Sunday.

“I’m just thankful that I’ve stayed out of the line of fire,” Tomlin said. “We’re not making excuses. There won’t be. We’ll be there, we’ll be ready to play, this is just part of normal things that happen over the course of a season”

Players who missed Wednesday’s practice with the illness were back on the practice field today, so it appears that it’s not an illness that will keep players laid up for long. The Steelers will hope to have it all out of their systems by Sunday.

Not exactly what you want to hear two days before the AFC Championship game if you’re a Steeler fan. Everyone knows the flu is fucking missssssseerrrable. The flu’s not racist nor does it play favorites. It’s an equal opportunity motherfucker. Right now, 3 out of 5 of those players in the picture above aren’t concerning. But before you know it, the whole team is going to be shitting their brains out.

Anytime you’re within close quarters of people that are sick, it’s just a matter of time before you get sick. Recently, my niece and nephew came down with a virus. Like two days later, me and the rest of my family were dealing with what felt like AIDS for three straight weeks. I literally thought I was dying at one point.

The same thing is going to happen to the Steelers. You can’t show up to work everyday and expect not to pass an illness when you’re using the same doorways, sinks, showers, toilets, etc. as your co-workers. Mike Tomlin’s saying he’s not overly concerned about it. However, anybody with half a brain should be concerned. We already knew this was going to be an uphill battle versus arguably the best team in the NFL at their home stadium, but now it’s going to be a whole lot harder. Not only do the Steelers have to deal with Belechick (likely) outsmarting them, now they have to deal with running around while worrying about shitting their pants.