Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Thomas Davis has accused Ben Roethlisberger of quitting on the Steelers during the 2019 season.
Appearing on the NFL Network Sunday, Davis said that he believes Roethlisberger could have came back last season, but decided not to.
“He could have come back and been a part of that playoff run, possibly,” Davis said. “But he chose not too.”
Ben Roethlisberger had season ending elbow surgery last september. He still hasn't been cleared to throw a football. But @ThomasDavisSDTM thinks Big Ben quit on the Steelers in 2019 and he really could have come back. This is whack pic.twitter.com/wcEB8DgVar
— #24 was my GOAT (@ViewsFromThe50) February 16, 2020
“I just think that he kind of looked at the roster and the way things started out last year, and he kind of gave up on the team, in my opinion,” Davis continued.
Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks and still has not been cleared to throw a football.
Speaking with members of the media last Thursday, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert gave an update on Roethlisberger, saying the organization is “hopeful he can make a complete recovery” and that he is “on course for that.”
More Colbert on Ben: 'We're hopeful he can make a complete recovery (from surgery on his right elbow). So far, he's on course for that.'
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) February 13, 2020
Roethlisberger will be 38 years-old when the Steelers open the 2020 season, the 17th of his career.