SAN FRANCISCO — Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Monday the team is likely to have no starting running back this week because of a left knee injury suffered in Sunday’s 31-17 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Drew Brees and Darren McFadden both left the game for the first time this season, leaving rookie Michael Crabtree as the only backup.
McCrabtree was unable to practice and was not in the game against the Saints on Sunday, a setback for the Raiders.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Tuesday that McFadden will be placed on injured reserve.
The Raiders have not ruled out a return to practice this week.
Derek Carr, the team’s third-leading rusher with 5.8 yards per carry, did not practice and is listed as doubtful to play.
The injury occurred in the third quarter after a fumble by rookie linebacker Khalil Mack.
Brees was 2-of-6 passing for 19 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a career-high 97 yards.
Del Rio confirmed Monday that he had told Carr and the team that the quarterback would not play this week as he was recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in November against the Atlanta Falcons.
The quarterback will miss the rest of the preseason.
McClubs first game back is Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1:05 p.m.
McFadden has scored at least six points in four of his last five games and has eclipsed 2,000 yards rushing in five of the past six.