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HBO's 'Hard Knocks' to feature Indianapolis Colts for first in-season episodes

Sept. 16 (UPI) -- For the first time in franchise history, the Indianapolis Colts will be featured on the acclaimed HBO series Hard Knocks later this season.

The Colts, however, will be featured in a different capacity compared to previous iterations of the Emmy Award-winning series. It is the first time that HBO will follow an NFL team during the regular season.

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Up until this point, the series -- which features cameras capturing behind-the-scenes footage of teams -- had followed NFL franchises during training camp.

"We could not be more thrilled to bring Hard Knocks and the remarkable behind-the-scenes access it provides for the entirety of an NFL season," NFL Films senior executive Ross Ketover said in a statement Thursday night. "Thanks to HBO, along with the incredible cooperation from the Colts, we are able to deliver a groundbreaking new edition of the series."

One of the most intriguing storylines for the Colts this season has been quarterback Carson Wentz, who joined Indianapolis this past off-season. The former Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller is attempting to revitalize his career after he was benched and later traded due to his on-field struggles in 2020.

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Hard Knocks made its debut in 2001 and featured the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The Colts are the

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The first episode of Hard Knocks featuring the Colts will premiere Nov. 17 at 10 p.m. EDT on HBO and HBO Max, with each episode airing the following Wednesday.

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