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Browns may be featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks' this year

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The Browns may be in the spotlight this summer on HBO... because Hard Knocks isn't already enough of a drama-filled show every year.

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This year's version of Hard Knocks will likely be returning to the state of Ohio.

However, it won't be the Cincinnati Bengals featured on the NFL's reality series on HBO. No, it looks as though the Cleveland Browns will be the ones getting the spotlight for two months this summer, according to the Buffalo News. The Browns are one of nine teams the NFL could pick for the series if no other franchise volunteers.

Between Johnny Manziel, Josh Gordon, Jimmy Haslam and the frequent controversies that surround Cleveland, this would certainly be one of the more entertaining seasons of Hard Knocks if it comes to be.

NFL teams eligible to be picked by the NFL, if no team volunteers to take part in the series, include the Browns, New York Giants, Washington, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

The exemptions from being forced to be on the show include teams with first-year head coaches, teams that have made the playoffs the last two seasons, and teams that have been featured on the series in the past 10 years.