EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart will likely be back on the field soon for Minnesota. That means Matt Asiata will be pushed to the background again.
Last week was Asiata’s time to shine. With Peterson and Gerhart missing, he scored three touchdowns on 30 carries to help the Vikings control the clock on their way to a 48-30 victory over Philadelphia.
Asiata totaled only 51 yards, but his already-sizable fan club in the Vikings locker room expanded during that bittersweet afternoon for the 26-year-old. Asiata’s father, Pita, was killed in October when the tour bus he was driving collided with a utility truck near the Nevada-Utah state line.
Tight end Chase Ford and cornerback Shaun Prater are two other reserves who played prominent roles against the Eagles with starters injured.
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