NFL: Vikings change tune, deactivate Peterson

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Vikings looking for productive back behind Peterson

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Adrian Peterson’s absence from Thursday’s non-mandatory organized team activity was a good thing for a Vikings team still sorting through how it intends to handle the potentially expanded running back roles behind their perennial All-Pro workhorse starter.

Without Peterson, third-year pro Matt Asiata and rookie third-round draft pick Jerick McKinnon were able to share the job while displaying two completely different skill sets.

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