By Terrance Turner
Every year, HBO cameras take us behind the scenes of a different NFL team. The HBO series “Hard Knocks” gives viewers a close-up look at players and coaches as they prepare for a new football season. But the show always ends after the final preseason game, before the start of the regular season.
The Indianapolis Colts will be on “Hard Knocks” starting Nov. 17. For the first time ever, the HBO docuseries will follow a team during the regular season.
The announcement was made during halftime of tonight’s “Thursday Night Football”. Midway through the match between the New York Giants and Washington, NFL released this promo:
The series will premiere on Nov. 17 at 10 pm ET, according to NFL.com. Episodes will continue to air every Wednesday through the end of the Colts’ season — which means, in theory, that we could see them during the playoffs, too. (They did make the playoffs last year with now-retired quarterback Phillip Rivers.)
Whether it involves postseason footage or not, “Hard Knocks” has a lot to cover. The Colts have a new coach (in Frank Reich) and a new quarterback: Carson Wentz, who was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz is recovering from a foot surgery that he had in August. He is working to rebound from last season, where he threw 16 interceptions and was sacked 50 times in just 12 games. He is also unvaccinated.
And he’s not alone. According to ESPN, linebacker Darius Leonard and center Ryan Kelly are some of the notable players who had yet to be vaccinated as of two weeks ago. Indiana currently has all but one of its counties classified as having high community spread.