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Dan Durkin became CBSChicago.com’s lead Bears reporter in August 2014 after being an NFL columnist for the site for three years. Durkin originally joined the company after finishing runner-up in the 2011 Pepsi Max Score Search. He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the men’s football team (despite his best efforts to join the women’s team). You can follow Dan on Twitter @djdurkin.

Jared Allen. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Jared Allen Back To Work

Allen is day-to-day in his recovery from an illness.

CBS Chicago–09/29/2014

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks to pass during the first half of their game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field. Green Bay won 38-17. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Packers

Why didn’t the Bears blitz more against Aaron Rodgers?

CBS Chicago–09/29/2014

Jay Cutler looks to pass as Datone Jones of the Green Bay Packers pressures. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Clock Management, Turnovers Mar Bears In Loss

In a game where defense was clearly optional, the Bears offense had to be perfect. For one half, they nearly were.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2014

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks to pass during the first half of their game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field. Green Bay won 38-17. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Where’s The Rush?

In the wake of the Packers’ sluggish 1-2 start in which the offense sputtered their way to a 28th overall ranking, quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a one-word message to Packers fans.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2014

Bears defensive end Jared Allen. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears’ Jared Allen Inactive Against Packers

Allen’s streak of 113 consecutive starts has been snapped.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2014

Will Sutton. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Durkin: Ferguson, Sutton Share Rookie Bond As They Develop

The rookie duo is close both on and off the field.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2014

Jordy Nelson. (Kevin Casey/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Preview: Despite Their Record, Packers Still Dangerous

Chicago (2-1) and Green Bay (1-2) play at noon Sunday at Solider Field.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2014

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Marshall, Allen Questionable For Sunday

Plus, Chris Conte says Sunday is “just another” game.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2014

Bears tight end Martellus Bennett. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Bears-Packers: 5 Matchups To Watch

Green Bay loves to use two-man lines to get Mike Daniels good matchups.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2014

Bears coach Marc Trestman. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Renew Focus On Talent Development

Chicago didn’t do a good enough job last season of developing its youngsters, Marc Trestman admitted.

CBS Chicago–09/25/2014

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Allen, Marshall Sit Practice Out

Also, Aaron Kromer says the Bears won’t run the ball out of an obligation to be balanced.

CBS Chicago–09/25/2014

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent – Green Bay Packers

These aren’t the Packers we’re used to seeing, but they’re still really dangerous.

CBS Chicago–09/25/2014

Kyle Fuller runs back an interception against the San Francisco 49ers. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Durkin: ‘Next Play’ Mentality Benefits Bears’ Young Secondary

The Bears will rely on Kyle Fuller to be a playmaker, Lance Briggs says.

CBS Chicago–09/24/2014

Shea McClellin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: McClellin Ruled Out Against Packers

Shea McClellin (hand) won’t practice this week, and his status is “week to week.”

CBS Chicago–09/24/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Jets

A mix of encouraging signs and concerns can be gleaned from Monday’s win.

CBS Chicago–09/24/2014

Bears safety Ryan Mundy returns an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter of Chicago's 27-19 at the New York Jets on Monday night. (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Injuries Piling Up In Secondary

At one point, Chicago turned to rookie Brock Vereen and newly signed Ahmad Dixon at safety.

CBS Chicago–09/23/2014

Bears safety Brock Vereen breaks up a pass intended for Jeremy Kerley that sealed Chicago's 27-19 win at New York on Monday night. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Defense Bends But Doesn’t Break

“We preach turnovers here,” Ryan Mundy says.

CBS Chicago–09/23/2014

Muhammad Wilkerson, center.  (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Preview: Jets Pose Physical Challenge For Bears

Giving Jay Cutler ample time is a top priority for Chicago.

CBS Chicago–09/21/2014

Jet defenders celebrate a sack. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Preparing For Jets Pressure Packages

The Jets bring a lot of max blitzes, but the Bears see opportunities.

CBS Chicago–09/20/2014

Shea McClellin. (Getty Images)

Bears Notes: McClellin, Ratliff, McManis Out At Jets

Rookie defensive tackles Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton will have greater responsibility.

CBS Chicago–09/20/2014

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