Reports: Bengals on 'Hard Knocks'

Updated: June 15, 2013, 8:58 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Cincinnati Bengals will be featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks: Training Camp" for the second time in five seasons, according to media reports.

The official announcement from HBO and the NFL is expected next week, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The Bengals also were featured in 2009.

The news originally was reported on Twitter by Philadelphia Daily News writer Paul Domowitch, who later deleted his tweet. The Cincinnati Enquirer then confirmed the news through league sources.

There was little interest among teams in appearing on the popular reality series this year, with only one team other than the Bengals showing interest, the Enquirer said. Sources told ESPN last year that both the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons declined to appear on the 2012 edition.

The Bengals went 10-6 in 2009 and won the AFC North. At the time, quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Chad Johnson led the team. They have since been replaced by Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. Coach Marvin Lewis will be on the show for a third time (he made his first appearance as the Baltimore Ravens' defensive coordinator in 2001, the debut season). Only 13 current Bengals players were with the team in 2009, the Enquirer said.

The other teams to star on the show in previous seasons were the Dallas Cowboys (2002 and 2008), Kansas City Chiefs (2007), New York Jets (2010) and Miami Dolphins (2012).