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Patriots cut DT Kyle Love after diabetes diagnosis

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Kyle Love will continue to work out and hope to catch on with another team. (Getty Images)
Kyle Love will continue to work out and hope to catch on with another team. ( Getty Images)

Within the past few weeks, Patriots defensive tackle Kyle Love was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. On Wednesday, the Patriots released Love -- who had played all 16 games the past two seasons, including 24 starts -- with the non-football illness designation.

"I'm somewhat surprised," agent Richard Kopelman told the Boston Globe. "I know the Patriots run a tight ship, but I'm a little surprised. But they were not willing to take any risk.

"Kyle is going to be at 100 percent within a matter of weeks. Barring something out of the ordinary, he should be ready to go for training camp, and he'll continue to be successful."

According to the paper, it appeared as though Love recently lost about 30 pounds from his listed weight of 310. But Kopelman told USA Today that Love's diabetes can be managed with medicine and diet. He also pointed to Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who has Type I diabetes, as someone who can overcome the disease to play at a high level.

"He's disappointed but he told me this is just a minor blip he's expecting to overcome," Kopelman told USA Today. "He's a great guy with a wife and a baby he's supporting. The goal is to get back healthy, play for a new team and set himself up for a big contract next season."

Love's response to this whole mess?

While this move might seem heartless, remember the NFL is, in fact, a cold-hearted business where football teams continue practicing and playing after combatants are badly hurt. And at least this move was made in May -- when Love will still have a chance to find another job -- and not the day before the Super Bowl.

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