The Patriots have released defensive tackle Kyle Love, using the non-football illness designation.
Love was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the past two weeks, and as he was dealing with the illness, he was unable to take part in the team’s offseason workout program. Love had a $100,000 workout bonus in his contract.
Listed at 6 feet 1 inch, 310 pounds, Love had dropped a significant amount of weight — it is believed he was down to around 280 — in a short time, which went unexplained at the time.
“I’m somewhat surprised,” agent Richard Kopelman said. “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.”
Kopelman noted that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler plays with Type 1 diabetes, and former Steeler Kendall Simmons played with Type 2.
Love was undrafted out of Mississippi State in 2010 but quickly earned a spot in the defensive line rotation, playing in nine games as a rookie. He played in all 16 games in each of the past two seasons, with 24 combined starts.
He was slowed by a knee injury in the latter weeks of the season but did not miss a game. Love was credited with 40 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and one quarterback hit during the regular season.