Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said the NFL favours quarterbacks, following the Ndamukong Suh "stepping" incident.
Detroit Lions defensive end Suh had a one-game suspension for stepping on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers overturned by appeals officer Ted Cottrell on Tuesday.
The controversial Lions player was instead slapped with a $70,000 fine, making him eligible for Sunday's National Football Conference (NFC) wildcard play-off against the Dallas Cowboys.
Bennett leapt to the defence of his fellow defensive player, claiming men playing his position are treated differently by league officials.
"This is a fantasy football league,'' Bennett said Wednesday. "That's how it's set up now.
"You take the play that Suh did. He did step on somebody's foot, but he gets fined because it's the quarterback.
"As a defensive lineman, people are always stepping on you. People always are hitting you in the head. There's always something happening to you, but nobody cares because we're defensive linemen."
Bennett added: "You can't touch a quarterback here, can't put your hand on a receiver there. You have to let them run free.
"But if I get knocked to the ground, the referee just steps over me and says, 'That's part of the game.' If Peyton Manning falls to the ground, the referee helps him get up. I thought everybody was equal, but that's a lie."