Former New England defensive lineman Kyle Love received a pretty nice belated birthday gift on Tuesday.
Just one day after he turned 27 years old, Love signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs, who are a little banged up on the defensive line after their 27-17 loss to Denver on Sunday.
To make room for Love, they released defensive tackle Anthony Toribio, just two days after he played a season-high 10 snaps in the Denver loss.
Love has experience in the 3-4 alignment the Chiefs prefer. After going undrafted out of Mississippi State in 2010, he latched on with New England, where he started 25 games in three years. The 6-foot-1, 315-pound Love saw his role increase in 2012, when he made 11 starts and had 25 tackles and 1½ sacks in 16 games.
Love, however, was waived the following May after he was diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes. He was later claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars but was released before the season.
Love’s agent, Sean Stellato, said the condition made it difficult for his client to maintain his playing weight but added that he hasn’t had any problems in that regard since his diagnosis. Unlike those diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes — like Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler — Love does not need insulin injections.
“That was addressed through proper advice from his doctor and managing his diet,” said Stellato, who estimates Love is checking in between 316 and 318 pounds these days. “He had some weight issues in New England, but right when it was discovered he was diagnosed, the weight went right back on.”
Stellato said the Chiefs offered Love a contract after they put him through a workout Tuesday.
“He had some workouts the last eight weeks and was on a lot of short lists,” Stellato said. “I knew he’d play somewhere this year. It was just a matter of timing.”
Toribio, 28, had a tackle and a hurry against Denver after coming in for starting defensive end Mike DeVito, who suffered a knee sprain in the first quarter. Allen Bailey, another backup defensive end, also filled the void left by DeVito, as he logged a season-high 45 snaps.
It’s unclear how much time DeVito, who did not return to the game, stands to miss, if any. Starting defensive end Tyson Jackson suffered an abdominal strain against the Broncos, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he would know more about both players’ status today.
Toribio, who is listed at 6 feet 1 and 315 pounds, had been a mainstay in the Chiefs’ goal-line packages this season, making five tackles. He spent the last three seasons with the Chiefs, accumulating 15 tackles.Patient with Williams
Chiefs receiver Kyle Williams, who was claimed off waivers last Wednesday, logged a handful of special-teams snaps against the Broncos but did not play on offense Sunday.
“He wasn’t here long enough and you don’t want to put him in a bad position,” Reid said. “He’s a guy that we’ll start working in and giving him an opportunity to do some things.”
However, Reid said it was too early to say whether Williams will play against the Chargers on Sunday.
“We’ll see how it works out this week as we get into the game-plan part of that,” Reid said.