Hard Knocks will again follow Cincinnati Bengals

The eighth season of HBO’s fantastic NFL training camp reality series Hard Knocks will follow the Cincinnati Bengals, the NFL team that was the subject of the show’s 2009 season.

The Cincinnati Enquirer confirmed news first reported by the Philadelphia Daily News, noting that coach Marvin “Lewis has considered both of his experiences with Hard Knocks to be positive. He was the defensive coordinator in Baltimore the first year of the series in 2001 and the head coach here in 2009.” But he still checked with his team first: Cincinnati’s Fox affiliate reports that “several Bengals players were approached by Coach Marvin Lewis with the idea to do the show again.”

Last season included this dramatic footage of Chad Johnson being fired from the Dolphins; he was also on the 2009 season, when he was playing for Cincinnati.

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