New England defensive lineman Kyle Love started 25 games over the last two seasons for the Patriots, lining up as a nose tackle in the 3-4 defensive scheme and a defensive tackle in the 4-3. The Pats thought enough of his versatility and run stuffing abilities to lock him up with a 2-year extension last year, after making the team as an undrafted rookie free agent back in 2010.
Love’s feel good story isn’t so feel good anymore, now that the team has released the 6-foot-1, 315-pounder shortly after he was diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes. As compared to the Type-1 variety of the disease, which is an autoimmune disorder where there is an absolute non-production of insulin, thus making the sufferer insulin dependent, Type-2 diabetes is usually caused by lifestyle and/or genetic factors, and can be treated (and sometimes cured) with changes in diet and exercise. Read more ›