New England Patriots cut Kyle Love after diabetes diagnosis

Defensive tackle for the New England Patriots, Kyle Love, was released by the team on Wednesday after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

After dropping about 20 pounds before determining what was causing the weight loss, Love wasn't able to participate in the team's offseason workout program. He was back on the field at Gillette Stadium this week when he received news of his release.

“I’m somewhat surprised,” said Love's agent Richard Kopelman. “I know the Patriots run a tight ship, but I’m a little surprised. They were not willing to take any risk."

Patriots worried about Love's recovery time

Kopelman also notes that Love will be "at 100 percent" within a few weeks, and that doctors said he should be ready for training camp. Apparently, the Patriots weren't willing to wait, however, and expressed concern about Love's recovery time.

"In their view, [they] didn't want to leave something to chance," Kopelman said.

In 2007, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and continued to play with the disease, while Kendall Simmons, former lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers played with type 1 diabetes for seven years.

"I'm upset in the sense that I'm disappointed for my client, but football's a tough business," Kopelman continued. "It is a bit confounding that they would make a decision like that. It seems a bit premature."

And while Kopelman is somewhat bothered by the move, he says that Love isn't holding a grudge that that "he understands completely."

Love joined the Patriots in 2010 and started 25 games of the 41 regular-season games he played.

Source: AOL Sporting News

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