Dan Durkin

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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 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

Bears linebacker Shea McClellin. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: McClellin’s Injured, Cutler Backs Marshall

Also, Marc Trestman lauded Devin Hester for his record-breaking performance Thursday.

CBS Chicago–09/19/2014

Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears-Jets: 5 Matchups To Watch

New York has dominated the ground game on both sides of the ball in 2014.

CBS Chicago–09/19/2014

Brandon Marshall addresses the media. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Durkin: Defiant Marshall Opens Up

“It’s not the NFL’s job to raise men,” Brandon Marshall says.

CBS Chicago–09/19/2014

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

Durkin’s Playbook: Kyle Fuller’s Savvy Interception

Fuller’s second interception last Sunday demonstrated his smarts and athleticism.

CBS Chicago–09/18/2014

Jets coach Rex Ryan. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Durkin: Young Jets Secondary Preparing To Battle Bears’ ‘Monsters’

“They’re playmakers,” New York coach Rex Ryan says of Chicago’s receivers.

CBS Chicago–09/17/2014

Geno Smith. (Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent — New York Jets

The Jets are solid defensively, but can their offense develop?

CBS Chicago–09/17/2014

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–09/16/2014

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–09/16/2014

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–09/16/2014

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

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