Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart will likely be back on the field soon for Minnesota, and that means Matt Asiata will be pushed to the background again.
He'll take his important-but-basically-invisible spot on special teams and otherwise stand on the sideline while the offense is working, a third-string tailback simply waiting for a chance to carry the ball that may or may not come again.
Last Sunday, the opportunities were there. Thirty of them. Asiata took three in for touchdowns.
He held on tight each time, avoiding any fumbles and helping the Vikings burn through valuable time on the clock on their way to a 48-30 victory over division-leading Philadelphia.
Asiata totaled only 51 yards for a paltry 1.7-yards-per-attempt average, but his already-sizable fan club in the Vikings locker room expanded during that bittersweet afternoon for the 26-year-old.
''I look at it as a blessing, just getting the opportunity to show the coaches what I can do and help this offense out,'' Asia...