A brutal injury to Ben Roethlisberger's throwing elbow will NOT end his career ... so says Plaxico Burress, who spoke with his ex-teammate and tells TMZ Sports, "He will be back next year."
Big Ben blew out his arm during the Steelers game against the Seahawks on Sunday ... and at 37 years old -- some are wondering if that's the last game we'll ever see the guy play.
Once again, here's a video of Ben Roethlisberger's injury. He's done for the season.pic.twitter.com/PsP1Z1Rhxy— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 16, 2019
Once again, here's a video of Ben Roethlisberger's injury. He's done for the season.pic.twitter.com/PsP1Z1Rhxy
But, Plaxico -- who was a Steeler with Roethlisberger in 2004 -- says he talked to Ben this week ... and came away from their conversation encouraged the QB will be back just fine.
"We share a special relationship," the ex-receiver says. "I know that this won't be his last hurrah. He's not built like that. He's going to come back healthy and ready to play."
As for Burress' message to Ben, he says he told the QB straight-up, "Stay strong."
We also spoke with Plaxico about the other QBs in Ben's famous 2004 NFL Draft class ... and you've gotta hear his thoughts on Philip Rivers.
HINT: Plaxico LOVES the Chargers star!!!
By the way, if you're wondering what Burress is up to these days -- he says he'll be competing with Michael Jordan soon ... in the tequila business!!!