The Minnesota Vikings have little to play for other than the future on Sunday against the Detroit Lions and despite wanting to play int he Metrodome finale, running back Adrian Peterson will not be starting for the Vikings. This means that running back Matt Asiata will be getting the start, as head coach Leslie Frazier announced as much on Friday.
Peterson being demoted to essentially one step short of out ends a week long ride that saw the back plead for the right to play int he final game to be played in the Metrodome before it’s torn down this upcoming year. Peterson’s entire career has taken place within the Metronome, but his fires to play were like wanting to keep the family car that drove your pregnant mother to the hospital where she gave birth to you.
The Metrodome is a dump, but it’s been Peterson’s dump his whole career and every record he has in Vikings history was earned on the turf inside mall of America Field. But the bigger concern for the Vikings is the yards Peterson will hopefully run for on their new turf in their new stadium and that involves watching out for Peterson’s future. He’s officially listed as doubtful but don’t be surprised if he plays just a few series to bid farewell to the only Vikings home he’s known.
As for Asiata, he’s run well for the Vikings so far and is earning another chance to add to his resume of hopefully becoming a solid backup in the future.