When the Cincinnati Bengals last appeared on HBO's "Hard Knocks" in 2009, one of the most memorable moments featured a player getting pulled out of bed at 5:30 a.m. so The Turk could deliver the news he was being cut.
Such a procedure certainly wouldn't fall under the more "humane" process that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is seeking for how player releases are handled.
"Hard Knocks" executive producer Ross Ketover admits the early-morning visit from now-retired Bengals director of football operations Jim Lippincott to fullback J.D. Runnels was "pretty harsh." "Hard Knocks" also dedicated time to highlighting the release of other players such as Marlon Lucky, including close-up footage of the running back turning in his playbook and cleaning out his locker.
Ketover, though, said Goodell's request is not going to change how "Hard Knocks" covers some of Cincinnati's future player cuts when the Bengals return to HBO in August.
"How we're going to handle it is show exactly how the...