The New England Patriots recently cut Defensive Tackle Kyle Love. They cut him two weeks after his diagnosis with Type 2 Diabetes. As Jon Hyman points out at Ohio Employer’s Law Blog, that cut probably violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Patriots explained they cut him over concern for his "recovery time." See Jon’s post.
I am not counseling Mr. Love, but I expect he has had Type 2 Diabetes for some time and it was just recently diagnosed. So, he probably needs little or no "recovery time." But, more importantly, there are several cases (i.e., precedent) that an employer cannot or should not "protect" a person with a disability if the person does not need or has not requested "protection." If anything, the Patriots could have offered an accommodation – if Mr. Love requested one.