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Patriots sign third-round draft pick Harmon

Love out, Harmon in

The New England Patriots released defensive tackle Kyle Love yesterday after he was diagnosed with diabetes.

Love had lost about 20 pounds before receiving the diagnosis about two weeks ago then gained about half of it back, Richard Kopelman, his agent, said.

He said Love has Type 2 diabetes, which is less serious than Type 1, and was working out at Gillette Stadium yesterday before being released. The Patriots did not mention the diagnosis in a statement announcing the move.

Love started the first 11 games last season next to Vince Wilfork. Brandon Deaderick started the last five but was released on Monday and signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the offseason, the Patriots signed two free-agent defensive tackles, Tommy Kelly and Armond Armstead.

The Patriots also signed third-round draft pick Duron Harmon.

The safety taken with the 91st overall pick was one of three Rutgers players chosen by the Patriots in last month’s draft. They also took cornerback Logan Ryan in the third round with the 83rd pick and inside linebacker Steve Beauharnais in the seventh round with the 235th pick.

Harmon had five interceptions as a junior in 2011 then made 50 tackles while starting all 13 games as a senior in 2012.

Rutgers went 9-4 last season.

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