The 49ers are unlikely to host weeknight games at new Levi’s Stadium next year in the inaugural season of the venue, a person with direct knowledge of the stadium project said Thursday. That would mean no appearances on “Monday Night Football” or in a Thursday night game at Santa Clara next season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL schedule isn’t released until spring and no decisions have been formally announced by the league or the team.
Part of the thinking, the person said, is to give everyone from stadium operations personnel, law enforcement, local businesses, other support services and parking facilities time to get accustomed to traffic flow and other challenges.
The 49ers will leave Candlestick Park after this season for the new stadium at team headquarters in Silicon Valley. While every NFL team plays a Thursday night game, San Francisco is bound to do so on the road.
Crabtree may be a few weeks away: The 49ers will add wide receiver Michael Crabtree back to the 53-man roster within the next six days, but it might still be several weeks before he takes the field. He could even be added to the roster before Monday’s game against the Washington Redskins, but wind up being inactive.
Injury update: Both cornerback Tarell Brown and offensive lineman Mike Iupati are expected to miss Monday’s game against the Redskins. Brown suffered a rib injury, though coach Jim Harbaugh said it isn’t a cracked rib. Iupati has a sprained left knee.