Patriots release defensive tackle Kyle Love

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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.

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