Cards cut player vicitimized on Super Bowl-winning TD

Safety Aaron Francisco (left) was one of 21 players released as the Cardinals trimmed their roster to 53 players (G.Newman Lowrance / NFL.com)

Aaron Francisco (left), who was beaten by Steelers WR Santonio Holmes for the Super Bowl-winning TD in February, was one of 21 players released by the Cardinals on Friday. (G.Newman Lowrance / NFL.com)

The player victimized on Santonio Holmes’ Super Bowl XLIII-winning touchdown catch — safety Aaron Francisco — was one of 21 players released by the Cardinals as the team trimmed its roster to the mandatory 53-man limit.

TE Leonard Pope, who started in the Super Bowl, also was let go by the Cardinals.

Other players released by the Cardinals include: LB Chase Bullock, G Trevor Canfield, FB Tim Castille, CB Jameel Dowling, DT Deilen Dykes, DE Alex Field, CB Wilrey Fontenot, C Melvin Fowler, WR Ed Gant, LB Victor Hobson, LB David Holloway, WR Onrea Jones, DT Rodney Leisle, FB Reagan Maui’a, G Carlton Medder, QB Tyler Palko, OT Oliver Ross, WR Steve Sanders and RB Chris Vincent.

Lance Long, whom NFL.com has followed throughout training camp, is one of seven wide receivers — Anquan Boldin, Steve Breaston, Early Doucet, Larry Fitzgerald, Sean Morey and Jerheme Urban are the others — to make the Cardinals’ final roster.

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