Gbaja-Biamila on Pace for Record

Green Bay Packers defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila last Sunday became only the third player since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 to have 9.0 after the first four games of a season, tying Kevin Greene (Carolina, 1998) and Mark Gastineau (New York Jets, 1984).

Gbaja-Biamila needs 1.5 this Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens to pass Greene (10.0 in '98) for the most ever after five games.

"(Gastineau and Green) were full-time players getting sacks on early downs as well," said Packers coach and general manager Mike Sherman. "This young man is getting them on specific plays in the game, only about 15 to 18 plays. I think it's even an extraordinary record. I couldn't be happier for the man because he's very humble and very gracious about giving praise to his teammates. If I had to pick a player to receive these accolades, he'd be the guy I'd like to have."

Gbaja-Biamila had three sacks against Tampa Bay in Green Bay's 14-10 loss. He had three against Detroit in the season opener, one against Washington and two against Carolina.

Gastineau holds the NFL record with 22 set in 1984. Ezra Johnson had 20.5 sacks in 1978 for the Packers, an unofficial record. Tim Harris had 19.5 sacks in 1989.


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