For the second time this week, the New England Patriots released a defensive lineman as it started with Brandon Deaderick on Monday and now with Kyle Love, who was recently diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes. The news was first reported by ESPNBoston.com Patriots writer Mike Reiss.
Richard Kopelman, Love's agent was informed by New England that his client would be released and said the following to Reiss.
"We have been informed by the New England Patriots that Kyle Love will be released NFI (non-football injury/illness)," Kopelman told ESPNBoston.com. "This comes on the heels of Kyle having been diagnosed within the past two weeks with Type 2 diabetes. 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 proved to a valuable starter/backup on the New England defensive line the past two seasons as he was regarded as being a good run stopper and could get to the quarterback as well. In three seasons with the team, Love appeared in 41 games recording 36 tackles and 5.5 sacks.
He was scheduled to make $850,000 this year and with his release the team can now use that money somewhere else. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots release Love due to medical reasons.
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