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Pace: 'Goodell's not a judge'

Jets linebacker Calvin Pace said he doesn’t know all the details of Ben Roethlisberger's situation, but when he heard the Pittsburgh quarterback was suspended for six games -- with a possibility it being increased or reduced based on Roethlisberger’s behavior -- he was shocked.

"How do you suspend someone who didn’t get convicted?" Pace asked Wednesday in Central Park, where he was on hand for an NFL flag football clinic.

Pace himself was suspended for four games last season after being found in violation of the NFL's banned substances policy; he has said he used an over-the-counter dietary supplement.

Pace said he felt the length of Roethlisberger's suspension was too long.

"How do you do it?" Pace asked. "Roger Goodell’s not a judge."

Pace said he could see such a long suspension coming from the Steelers if their quarterback violated the team rules, but for the league to do it seemed out of place. The fact that Roethlisberger wasn’t charged but will miss time affects the quarterback's livelihood, said Pace.