'Dream Team' over for Eagles



Humbled by an awful start, the Philadelphia Eagles are ready to bury that "Dream Team" label.

The defending NFC East Division champions are 1-3 in a season that began with Super Bowl aspirations. That's their reality.

"I think the 'Dream Team' -- that word is dead now," quarterback Michael Vick said. "You can't talk 'Dream Team' anymore. Maybe it put pressure on some players, maybe it didn't. But I think just the fact that it was lingering around and people were talking about it creates a sense of pressure.

"So, it's over with now. We're one of the teams that has to scratch and kick from the bottom now and try to figure out how we're going to get ourselves back to a position where we can compete with the best teams in this league."

The "Dream Team" notion was started by Vince Young, who signed a one-year deal to be Vick's backup. That capped a whirlwind two-day span in which the Eagles acquired three Pro Bowl players on defense: cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha and defensive end Jason Babin.

Titans

Fullback Ahmard Hall says Adderall borrowed from a friend to help him drive home to Texas caused his positive drug test and four-game suspension under the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He said the Adderall, a prescription medication, belonged to an unidentified friend. Adderall is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Hall didn't say what he had taken when his suspension was announced Sept. 3, saying only that he used a stimulant to help him stay awake on the long drive.

Cardinals

Arizona re-signed punter Ben Graham and released cornerback Korey Lindsey. Graham, of Australia, became Arizona's punter in December 2008 but was released just before the start of this season. Dave Zastudil has been the team's punter through the first four games of the season but has a knee injury.

Panthers

Tight end Jeremy Shockey could be the latest Carolina player to miss a game with a concussion. Shockey was held out of practice Wednesday and coach Ron Rivera said he will be reevaluated today. Since Week 2, the Panthers have had one starter each week out with a concussion.

Elsewhere

For the first time, fans will be allowed to attend Super Bowl Media Day. The NFL said 5,000 people will be allowed into Lucas Oil Stadium Jan. 31, when reporters interview players from the two teams. They will join roughly 3,000 accredited media members.


First Published October 6, 2011 4:00 AM


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