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Patriots Release Defensive Lineman Kyle Love Following Diabetes Diagnosis

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The Patriots cut defensive tackle Kyle Love after the fourth-year pro was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes earlier this month.

Although Love signed a two-year extension before the beginning of last season and ended up starting 11 games, the Patriots released Love on Wednesday with a “non-football injury” designation.

"Naturally, we are disappointed that the Patriots decided to part ways with Kyle, especially in light of the fact that a number of elite, professional athletes with diabetes -- both Type 1, which is known to be far more difficult to manage than Type 2 diabetes -- have had very successful careers in professional football, hockey, baseball, and basketball," Love’s agent Richard Kopelman told Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com.

Although Love reportedly lost weight during the beginning of the offseason, Kopleman said his client gained most it back upon learning of his diagnosis. Kopleman also stated Love will soon be back to 100 percent and ready to participate in a training camp.

The question now appears to be which training camp he’ll be participating in.

Love had a solid 2013 season with the Patriots, playing 49 percent of the team’s snaps, mostly on running plays. The former Mississippi State star also registered 25 tackles – 11 of them solo.

Sources: ESPN Boston, NFL

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