Jets without RB Matt Forte, Pats without Hightower, Amendola (Dec 24, 2016)

Jets running back Matt Forte is missing his first game Saturday against the New England Patriots with a torn meniscus in his right knee and an injured shoulder.

That means running back Khiry Robinson is active for the first time and will make his debut Saturday for the Jets.

The Patriots will be without linebacker Dont’a Hightower for the third time this season. He’s been bothered by knee issues. Wide receiver Danny Amendola is missing his third straight game with an injured ankle.

The Minnesota Vikings are getting a big boost on the back end of their defense with the return of safety Harrison Smith, who missed the past two games with an ankle injury.

They also will have wide receiver Stefon Diggs available to help compensate for running back Adrian Peterson sitting out against Green Bay.

Peterson was ruled out Friday with knee and groin injuries.

The Green Bay Packers are getting a key defender back against Minnesota with linebacker Nick Perry returning from a hand injury. He has missed the past two games as well. But the Packers will be without receiver Randall Cobb, who has been bothered by an ankle injury.

San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will miss his second straight game with a hip injury, leaving him 3 yards shy of 1,000 this

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