Advice to NFC West rooks: Tape ankles

Four recent NFC West draft choices are heading to Los Angeles for the 2011 NFL Players Rookie Premiere beginning Thursday.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and running back Kendall Hunter from the San Francisco 49ers, receiver Austin Pettis from the St. Louis Rams and running back Ryan Williams from the Arizona Cardinals were among 36 rookies scheduled to appear, according to an NFL Players Association list distributed Wednesday.

The flag-football game is scheduled for Friday at UCLA's North Athletic Field. It begins at 5 p.m. PT and features current and former players in addition to the rookies. It is open to the public.

The object of the game: avoid injuries.

First-round selections Cam Newton, Von Miller, Marcell Dareus, A.J. Green, Jake Locker, Mark Ingram, Andy Dalton, Blaine Gabbert and Julio Jones were also listed.

The event, sponsored by the NFLPA's licensing and marketing wing, features community-service events, sports-card photo shoots, a flag-football game and billiards tournament.

Twenty-six teams have at least one rookie scheduled to attend. The New England Patriots have three. The 49ers were among eight teams with two.

Players are scheduled to visit students at a local elementary school and veterans at the West Los Angeles Medical Center.

"Can't wait to get down there," Kaepernick tweeted.