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NFL Notes: McGahee to play Sunday for Browns
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BEREA, Ohio -- The cursive, decade-old tattoo on Willis McGahee's neck reads "Guess Who's Back."

Briefly out of the league, he is indeed back again -- this time with his fourth team, hoping to bring stability to the reeling Browns.

On Wednesday, Cleveland dealt running back Trent Richardson to Indianapolis, less than two years after drafting him in the first round. On Thursday, the Browns signed McGahee, who practiced for the first time on Friday.

And ready or not, McGahee, 31, is going to play Sunday, when the Browns (0-2) visit the Minnesota Vikings (0-2).

Such is life in the NFL.

"It's a fresh start, a new beginning," McGahee said. "The players are great, it's a young team. We've got work to do."

McGahee, who has played for Buffalo, Baltimore and Denver after a memorable career at the University of Miami, has a familiarity with the offense, but knows he must get the language down (see full story).

49ers: Smith faces DUI, pot charges
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco 49ers All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith was released from jail Friday after his pickup truck apparently struck a tree and he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession, authorities said.

Smith later took to the practice field with his teammates Friday afternoon at team headquarters in Santa Clara. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 4.

Smith declined to comment when reporters asked about his arrest.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters Friday that he expects that Smith will play Sunday when the Niners host the Indianapolis Colts at Candlestick Park.

"I expect Aldon -- like today -- he'll be back to work and playing on Sunday," Harbaugh said. "I anticipate that, yes."

Harbaugh said that any potential discipline will likely come from the NFL (see full story).

Falcons: LT Sam Baker to miss Sunday's game
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons will be without left tackle Sam Baker in Sunday's game at Miami.

Baker missed practice all week with foot and knee injuries and was listed as out on Friday's injury report.

The Falcons have lost five starters to injuries this week. Defensive end Kroy Biermann (torn Achilles) and fullback Bradie Ewing (separated shoulder) are out for the season. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (foot) will miss two months. Running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) will miss at least one game.

Jeremy Trueblood, who signed with Atlanta on Sept. 3, could start at right tackle, where he played in seven seasons with Tampa Bay. Lamar Holmes could shift from right tackle to left tackle.

Ryan Schraeder, an undrafted rookie, is Atlanta's only other backup offensive tackle.