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Reports: Vikings tender contract to third-year RB Matt Asiata

By dwetmore@1500espn.com

The Vikings will keep Matt Asiata around next season, according to ESPN.com’s Ben Goessling.

#Vikings have tendered RB Matt Asiata, who was an exclusive rights free agent. Was a foregone conclusion. He’ll make $570K.

— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) March 5, 2014

An exclusive rights…

Source: 1500 ESPN […]

Matt Asiata starting with Adrian Peterson doubtful and Toby Gerhart out

By Josh Alper

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 […]

Rhodes, Asiata inactive, but Adrian Peterson set to return for Vikings

By akrammer@1500espn.com

No surprises for the Minnesota Vikings as running back Adrian Peterson is active and should start against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Kickoff is at noon CT.

Running back Matt Asiata (ankle) was also listed as questionable and is inactive. The Vikings upgraded running back Joe Banyard from the practice squad […]

Vikings Backups Set To Return To Background

By Jonathon Sharp

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 […]

PFT Live: One-on-one with Matt Asiata

By NBCSports.com Vikings running back Matt Asiata joins Mike Florio to discuss his breakout performance in Week 15. Asiata, playing in place of injured RBs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart, rushed for 51 yards and 3 touchdowns on Sunday. Asiata tied the Vikings’ record for most touchdowns by a RB in a single game.

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Decision to sit AP ‘not easy,’ but Matt Asiata filled in with 3 TDs

By akrammer@1500espn.com

MINNEAPOLIS – Adrian Peterson walked through the Metrodome press box about 90 minutes before kickoff of Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles – an early sign of an inactive player.

Peterson resurfaced in the press box about 30 minutes before the game, speaking with multiple reporters in both trips through the […]

Cassel, Vikings Stop Eagles 48-30 Without Peterson

By Sara Boyd

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Cassel passed for 382 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score to lead the injury-depleted Vikings to a 48-30 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday, snapping the Eagles’ five-game winning streak.

With Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart out, Matt Asiata rushed for the first three touchdowns […]

Father Of Vikings Player Killed In Utah Bus Crash

By Jonathon Sharp

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A tour bus driver killed in a crash near the Utah-Nevada border was the father of Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata, officials said Tuesday.

The Utah Highway Patrol said 53-year-old Pita Asiata of Bountiful was impaled by a drilling device Monday evening when the bus […]

Pregame: Injuries, backups play key roles in Vikings-Steelers

By akrammer@1500espn.com

If last week’s situation against the Cleveland Browns, in which the Minnesota Vikings faced a third-string quarterback, wasn’t enough to get a win — a matchup against the winless Pittsburgh Steelers could do the trick.

The Vikings (0-3) and Steelers (0-3) kickoff at dinner time in London, noon CT, on Sunday and, once […]

Pregame: Get acquainted with new personnel in Vikings-Browns

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings (0-2) are in desperate need of a confidence booster in their home opener after spotting division opponents two games on the road.

The script couldn’t have been written any easier: they’ll face a Cleveland Browns (0-2) team that flipped the switch to rebuilding mode as soon […]