Santiago is ready to go

The loss of tight end Rickey Dudley for the rest of the season means that O. J. Santiago will get his first start of the season.

Santiago was inactive in the first four games of the season and has yet to catch a pass. He doesn't like the circumstances that led to him getting a start, but he's anxious for the opportunity.

"It's been tough, but it's part of the game," Santiago said. "It (sitting) was new for me being a starter for most of my career. Everyone is out there having fun, and you want to contribute and be a part of it. I'm glad I'm going to get a chance to be a part of it with the rest of the guys and get out there and have some fun."

Fans might not realize that Santiago was responsible for the "Dirty Bird" dance the Atlanta Falcons performed after scoring a touchdown in their Super Bowl season of 1998. Maybe he'll invent something to celebrate a Browns' score.

"It's been awhile since I've been in the end zone," Santiago said. "If I get into the end zone, I might have to act up."

INJURY REPORT: Defensive end Courtney Brown practiced for the first time since he sprained his right knee in a preseason game against Carolina on Aug. 31. Don't get too excited, however. Brown has been listed as out for Sunday's game against Cincinnati.

Linebacker Anthony Denman is questionable with a quadriceps injury.

NOT MOVING: Don't expect Aaron Shea to be moved to tight end. Unless there's a change, Shea will continue to share time with Mike Sellers as an H-back.

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