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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.

Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Long ‘Embarrassed’ By The Bears’ Run Game

“It poses another challenge for us,” Kyle Long says of the Jets’ run defense.

CBS Chicago–9 mins ago

Bears returner Senorise Perry. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Shakeup Seems Inevitable At Kick Returner

Also, the Bears want to keep increasing defensive end Willie Young’s role.

CBS Chicago–20 mins ago

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Durkin: Cutler’s Finest (Half) Hour

“Jay kept telling us we were still in it,” Martellus Bennett said.

CBS Chicago–6 hours ago

The Bears celebrate an interception by rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller on Sunday night in a win against the 49ers. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Must Shuffle Deck In The Secondary

Chicago no longer has the luxury of depth in the secondary.

CBS Chicago–09/15/2014

Kyle Fuller, left. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-49ers

The Bears overcame adversity to beat the 49ers, 28-20.

CBS Chicago–09/15/2014

Chris Williams, left. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Elevate Williams, Bellamy, Boggs From Practice Squad

The Bears promoted three players from the practice squad on Saturday.

CBS Chicago–09/13/2014

Alshon Jeffery.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Preview: 49ers Pose Early Test Of Bears’ Depth

Early season injuries are testing the depth of the Bears and 49ers.

CBS Chicago–09/13/2014

David Fales. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Bears Waive Fales, Cut Hayden And Fiammetta

Bears open three roster spots for Sunday night’s game vs. 49ers.

CBS Chicago–09/12/2014

Brandon Marshall, left, and Alshon Jeffery. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Bears’ Marshall, Jeffery Listed As Questionable

Also, offensive linemen Matt Slauson and Roberto Garza will miss Sunday’s game.

CBS Chicago–09/12/2014

Martellus Bennett. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears-49ers: 5 Matchups To Watch

Each team’s tight end is worth keeping an eye on Sunday night.

CBS Chicago–09/12/2014

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

Durkin: Bears Offense Preparing Without Key Starters

Establishing the run takes on more importance Sunday night, Jay Cutler says.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2014

49ers running back Frank Gore. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook — 49ers’ Power Running Scheme

Against a complex running scheme with a mobile quarterback, each Bear must do his job.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2014

Bears linebacker Lance Briggs. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Briggs, Bears Out To Prove Doubters Wrong

“We’re going to be as successful as we want, we have that much talent,” Lance Briggs says.

CBS Chicago–09/10/2014

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent — San Francisco 49ers

Injury and suspension have left the 49ers defense shorthanded, but it’s still stout.

CBS Chicago–09/10/2014

Chris Conte, left, and Jared Allen, right, pursue EJ Manuel, center. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Preparing For More Zone Read

After struggling to contain the Bills’ zone read, the Bears anticipate more is on the way.

CBS Chicago–09/09/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Trestman Sheds Light On Cutler’s INTs

Two interceptions by Jay Cutler proved oh-so-costly Sunday in a loss to the Bills.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2014

Jay Cutler, middle. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions from Bears-Bills

With what lies ahead, we’ll soon discover what Chicago’s made of.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2014

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

Durkin: Turnovers Spoil Bears’ Opener

“We’ve got to accept responsibility for it,” Bears coach Marc Trestman says.

CBS Chicago–09/07/2014

Marc Tretsman. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Preview: Bills Tailor-Made Foe For Bears’ Opener

It’s only Week 1, but Chicago needs to take care of business to reach its lofty goals.

CBS Chicago–09/06/2014

Jordan Mills. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Despite Missing Preseason, Jordan Mills All Set For Sunday

Mills is relishing the challenging that Mario Williams will provide.

CBS Chicago–09/05/2014

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