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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.

Jordan Mills. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears-Vikings: Jordan Mills Inactive

Here’s the full list of inactives for today’s Bears-Vikings game.

CBS Chicago–11/16/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is pursued by Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Preview: Bears-Vikings

The Bears face yet another must-win game this Sunday versus the Vikings.

CBS Chicago–11/15/2014

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

Durkin: Brandon Marshall Doubles Down On Twitter Spat

Marshall wants to fight a fan in the name of anti-bullying.

CBS Chicago–11/14/2014

Bears offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears-Vikings: 5 Matchups To Watch

The Jermon Bushrod-Everson Griffen matchup will be key.

CBS Chicago–11/14/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Durkin: ‘It Starts With Me,’ Cutler Says

“We have to get better, I have to get better,” Jay Cutler says.

CBS Chicago–11/13/2014

Marquess Wilson. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Wilson Coming Back A Morale ‘Boost’

Nothing is official yet, but everything points to Marquess Wilson’s return.

CBS Chicago–11/13/2014

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen.

Durkin’s Playbook: Vikings’ Mug Pressure Package

Through nine games, Minnesota has the third-most sacks in the league.

CBS Chicago–11/13/2014

Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Amid Noise, Mel Tucker Feels Pressure — From Himself

“I don’t feel any pressure other than what I put on myself,” Mel Tucker says.

CBS Chicago–11/12/2014

Martellus Bennett. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Marshall, Bennett, Jennings Not Practicing

Plus, Jared Allen and Lance Briggs respond to the noise surrounding Mel Tucker’s job security.

CBS Chicago–11/12/2014

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent — Minnesota Vikings

There’s hope in Minnesota with Teddy Bridgewater and a young defense is blossoming under Mike Zimmer.

CBS Chicago–11/12/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Durkin: Time Is Now For Cutler To Prove His Worth

With two upcoming, winnable games at home, the time is now for Cutler to step up.

CBS Chicago–11/11/2014

Packers receiver Jordy Nelson stiff-arms Bears cornerback Tim Jennings in Green Bays win Sunday night at Lambeau Field. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: ‘There Was Confusion All Night,’ Jennings Says

“We blew some coverages on the back end starting with myself,” Jennings said.

CBS Chicago–11/10/2014

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

Durkin: The Bears’ Plan Isn’t Working

From the very top of the organization to the 53rd player on the roster, the Bears are broken.

CBS Chicago–11/10/2014

Martellus Bennett. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Bears-Packers: Martellus Bennett Active

Bennett had his best game of the season against the Packers back in Week 4.

CBS Chicago–11/09/2014

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’s Preview: Bears-Packers

It’s not a stretch to say the Bears season is on the line heading into Lambeau.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2014

Bears offensive lineman Michael Ola, center. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Offensive Line Shuffles For Both Bears, Packers

Both the Bears and Packers are dealing with injuries along the offensive line.

CBS Chicago–11/07/2014

Packers receiver Jordy Nelson. (MIke McGinnis/Getty Images)

Bears-Packers: 5 Matchups To Watch

The Jordy Nelson-Kyle Fuller matchup will be key.

CBS Chicago–11/07/2014

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

Bears Notes: Bennett Limited; Trestman On Play-Calling

Martellus Bennett was limited at Thursday’s practice with a rib injury.

CBS Chicago–11/06/2014

Bears running back Matt Forte. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Matt Forte: ‘Talk Is Cheap’

Forte knows the Bears need to run the football Sunday night to beat the Packers.

CBS Chicago–11/06/2014

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Durkin’s Playbook: Jordy Nelson Deserves All The Attention

Jordy Nelson is a coverage-dictating receiver for the Packers who takes two defenders to slow.

CBS Chicago–11/06/2014

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