Roethlisberger: NFL protects certain QBs

The Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger acknowledged some quarterbacks get more calls than others in an interview with Jim Rome.

"I think in part because the league doesn't want certain games to be played without certain quarterbacks," Roethlisberger said. "No offense to the other Patriots, but who's going to watch the Patriots without Tom Brady and the Saints without Drew Brees. That's the way it is. They want to protect those guys because they are the marquee guys of this league, and you don't want them to get hurt."

Does Roethlisberger think the league speaks to the officials about such things?

"That's a good question," he said. "I think they know who are the marquee guys and they want to protect them."

Roethlisberger said he isn't complaining about the lack of calls.

"Because the first time they throw a flag is when a guy is just holding onto me, and I know I can break a tackle," he said.