Matt Asiata starting with Adrian Peterson doubtful and Toby Gerhart out

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The Vikings got three touchdowns from Matt Asiata a couple of weeks ago when Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart were out of the lineup and they’ll be looking for the same kind of production from him again this week. 

Coach Leslie Frazier announced on Friday afternoon that Asiata will start the season finale against the Lions. Peterson is doubtful to play because of injuries to both his groin and foot. Frazier said that Peterson would be out there if the team felt he was ready, but the safe money is on Peterson having played his final snap for the 2013 season. 

Gerhart may have played his final snap with the Vikings altogether. He’ll miss Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and will head into free agency this offseason without a chance to pull a George Costanza and leave everyone wanting more. Gerhart gained 283 yards on 36 carries when he was healthy this year and has been a reliable backup for Peterson for the last four years, which may lead to a shot at a bigger workload elsewhere this offseason. 

15 responses to “Matt Asiata starting with Adrian Peterson doubtful and Toby Gerhart out

  1. Same kind of production? It was nice that he could score within 5 yards but a lot of guys can do that. Two of his TD’s were on 1 yard runs.

    He had 30 carries for 51 yards. 1.7 average against a middle-of-the-road defense. That’s scary bad.

  2. I understand not wanting to put him at risk for further injury. Especially with the injury history he has… in a game that means nothing to the Vikings.

    They should have started sitting him back on Halloween when the rest of the Vikings were meaningless though.

  3. What!?! AP might not play.

    A Rod is playing outdoors in Chicago and AP can’t play indoors?

    AP- softer than Charmin. Certainly softer than Rodgers. Nuff said!!!

  4. Damn Adrian Peterson is a total beast guys an animal..unbelievable combo of size,speed,power,elusiveness and he’s a good hearted humble guy I never have understood why so many people hate on him. I guess they just wish they were half the man he is

  5. Too bad, Father of the Year, aka, Peterson, was so close to fulfilling his pre season prediction of a Superbowl appearance and 2500 yards.

    Pity the poor fan who purchase a ticket at face value or above and has to watch a 4 win Viking team take on the Lions, losers of 5 out of their last 6. I think the network should be sued for false advertising if they so much as say, Pro football.

  6. Only the Vikings would run thirty times with a running back averaging under two yards a carry and throw over fifty times in a game with a QB that had a week of practice with his new team. Regardless of record, these two ridiculously coached games alone should end the Leslie Frazier era in Minnesota.

  7. thepftpoet says:
    Dec 27, 2013 2:25 PM

    Haters envy the greatness of the Vikings franchise.

    Jealously is amongst us.

    The dynasty is in full force.
    _____

    If the Minn. loses this weekend, that will be there 40th loss in the last 4 seasons.

    Is that really something to envy?

  8. To all the people that want to talk about Aaron Rodgers being tougher than Peterson… Really?

    How many games did Rodgers miss this year?
    How many did Peterson miss..?

    Huh.

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