May 16, 2013
Patriots cut Kyle Love after diabetes diagnosis
By QMI Agency

The Patriots cut defensive tackle Kyle Love (right) shortly after he was diagnosed with diabetes. (JIM ROGASH/Getty Images/AFP)

Kyle Love is the latest poster boy to show just how ruthless the business of pro football can be.

Love, who started 11 games for the New England Patriots at defensive tackle last season, was cut by the team Wednesday, two weeks after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

The nature of his departure from the Pats was officially designated as a non-football illness.

“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 ESPNBoston.com.

Kopelman said Love lost weight before the diagnosis but regained most of it after he altered his diet.

“Having consulted with leading authorities on the effects of Type 2 diabetes, we have every reason to believe that Kyle will, in the immediate future, be at 100%, and will be prepared to participate in training camp in a couple of months. As Kyle said, ‘There is no way something like this is going to stand between me and a long and successful NFL career.’ ”


Love, 26, had 25 starts in 41 career games since making the Pats as an undrafted free agent in 2010.


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