Smith now has 198 sacks

Updated: November 24, 2003, 3:20 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- The Washington Redskins' Bruce Smith tied the NFL career sacks record Sunday night, increasing his total to 198 when he and Renaldo Wynn dropped Miami Dolphins quarterback Brian Griese for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter.

Bruce Smith
Smith (78) celebrates his record-tying moment with LaVar Arrington (56) and Lional Dalton (95).

Smith was credited with a half-sack, tying him with Reggie White, who played for Philadelphia and Green Bay.

The Redskins blew a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost 24-23.

"What would have been nice was winning the game," Smith said. "Good things come from winning. Had we won the game, I'd be in a much better mood."

After Smith and Wynn sandwiched Griese, Smith tossed the game ball to the Washington sideline for a souvenir. Griese became the 72nd quarterback Smith has sacked.

At age 40, Smith is listed with the second team on the depth chart. He wanted to play more against Dolphins rookie tackle Wade Smith.

"I'm not going to say I, I, I or me, me, me," Smith said. "But I will say that I need to be out there more. Any time you have a rookie out there, a guy with my experience can make something happen."

The sack gave him three this season, his 19th in the NFL. An 11-time Pro Bowl selection, Smith played for 15 years with the Buffalo Bills before joining the Redskins in 2000.

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