Roethlisberger sees it as a situation of the league protecting its most marketable assets.
"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."