BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots’ defensive line got a lot smaller on Wednesday afternoon.

The Patriots announced that they released defensive tackle Kyle Love, after the 26-year-old was diagnosed 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’s agent, Richard Kopelman, told’s Mike Reiss.

The agent said that Love lost 20 pounds this offseason prior to the diagnosis, but has since regained “most” of the weight.

The 6-foot-1, 315-pound lineman out of Mississippi State was in on 25 tackles last season and he registered 1.5 sacks. In 2011, he recorded 33 tackles and three sacks.

The Love move comes one day after the team released defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick.

Love tweeted a farewell to New England, thanking the fans for his three years with the Patriots.


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