Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters Tuesday that he did not volunteer to have his team featured on HBO's Hard Knocks, in part because quarterback Johnny Manziel checked into a rehab facility this offseason.
The Browns "declined to volunteer" for Hard Knocks, with Johnny Manziel's situation as part of the reason. They can still be picked.— Eric Adelson (@eric_adelson) March 24, 2015
Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reported Sunday that Browns are the “front-runners” to be featured on the series.
The series, a joint venture between HBO and NFL Films, chronicles one team's training camp each summer. The NFL passed a rule in 2013 that allows the league to force a team to participate if none volunteers. Teams with a first-year head coach, that have appeared on the show in the past ten years, or that have made the playoffs in one of the past two seasons cannot be forced to participate.
- Dan Gartland