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The Indianapolis Colts will debut in the acclaimed HBO series “Hard Knocks” later in the regular season.
It will mark the first time that the “Hard Knocks” franchise follows a team during the regular season. “Hard Knocks,” which features cameras going behind the scenes with teams, has only followed them during training camps in recent seasons.
“We could not be more excited to bring ‘Hard Knocks’ and the remarkable behind-the-scenes access it provides for an entire NFL season,” NFL Films CEO Ross Ketover said in a statement. “Thanks to HBO along with the incredible collaboration from the Colts, we are able to deliver a groundbreaking new edition of the series.”
NFL Films made four years in the series “All or Nothing” for Amazon Prime Video, where it followed a team throughout the season, but those episodes were only available the following summer.
An exciting story for the Colts so far is quarterback Carson Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft that Indianapolis acquired from Philadelphia in the offseason. Wentz is trying to get his career back on track after throwing 16 interceptions, being fired 50 times in just 12 games and being benched by the Eagles last season.
Another story with the Colts this season is the number of players who have not been vaccinated. Wentz, linebacker Darius Leonard and center Ryan Kelly are some of the notable players who were not yet vaccinated two weeks ago.
“Hard Knocks” debuted in the summer of 2001. The first episode of “Hard Knocks” with the Colts will air on November 17, with each episode airing the following Wednesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.