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Friday, July 29, 2011
No NFL team taking 'Hard Knocks'

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NEW YORK -- No NFL team will be taking "Hard Knocks" this summer.

HBO said Friday the uncertainty of the lockout "made it impractical for a team to commit" to the popular training camp reality show. The series is set to return next year.

The network will broadcast a 10th anniversary special Aug. 31 looking back at past "Hard Knocks": Baltimore Ravens (2001), Dallas Cowboys (2002, 2008), Kansas City Chiefs (2007), Cincinnati Bengals (2009) and New York Jets (2010).

"We know football fans are hungry for compelling NFL programming and we think they'll love the 10th anniversary special," said Rick Bernstein, executive producer for HBO Sports.

The special also will include a "Where Are They Now?" element, and never-before-seen out-takes and new interviews, HBO said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.