New England Patriots fans everywhere are stunned and confused after the team released DT Kyle Love on Wednesday afternoon. Just days ago Love was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and it appears that the team has used that as an out in his contract.
Love recently signed a two-year contract that gave him some nice money after playing so well as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State.
Last season Love started 11 games and became a formidible team with veteran All-Pro Vince Wilfork.
In three seasons he has played in 41 games, with 25 starts and has 36 tackles and 5.5 sacks.
Here is the statement released by Love’s agent, Richard Kopelman of KLASS Sports:
"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.
"Prior to the diagnosis, Kyle recently experienced unexplained weight loss, but since being diagnosed and having altered his diet, Kyle has regained most of the weight he lost, is in good health and was not limited in any way during offseason workouts in which he was engaged up until being told he would be released.
"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 percent, 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 will get that chance to prove Bill Belichick and the Patriots wrong as he was claimed on Thursday by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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