The NFL may expand regulations for mandatory participation in preseason “Hard Knocks”

The NFL is currently considering expanding the pool of teams that can be selected for the preseason series Hard Knocks. Currently, certain exemptions are in place, such as first-year head coaches, teams that have made the playoffs in the last two seasons, and teams that have done Hard Knocks in the past 10 years. However, the league office is seeking a vote of owners to change these rules to include teams with first-year head coaches, teams that have done Hard Knocks in the past eight years, and teams that will participate in the in-season version of Hard Knocks in the current season or the next season. The exemption based on playoffs will be eliminated.

In recent years, only four teams have been potential candidates for Hard Knocks: Jets, Commanders, Bears, and Saints. Last year, however, was an exception when the Jets were ultimately selected despite not wanting to participate. This marked the first time that a team chosen for Hard Knocks did not want to be featured on the show. If this proposal passes, it could become a common occurrence in the future.

By Riley Johnson

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