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 offensive lineman Kyle Long. (Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Even Long Is Surprised By His Success

Even Long was surprised he was a first-round pick.

CBS Chicago–12/24/2014

Mel Tucker. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Mel Tucker, Joe DeCamillis Reflect With End Of Tenures Likely Near

Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker took inventory of two tough seasons in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–12/23/2014

Dominic Raiola. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Raiola Suspended For Packers Game

Raiola has been suspended without pay for Sunday’s NFC North showdown vs. Green Bay.

CBS Chicago–12/22/2014

Willie Young celebrates a sack in the first quarter of their game against the Buffal Bills. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Willie Young Suffers Achilles Injury

Willie Young suffered a serious Achilles injury Sunday, ending his season.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2014

Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin: Quarterback Change Doesn’t Spark Bears Offense

Starting Jimmy Clausen wasn’t the answer for Marc Trestman.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2014

Bears guard Kyle Long. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Bears-Lions: Kyle Long Inactive

Kyle Long is inactive for today’s game versus the Lions.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2014

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

Report: Jay Cutler Likely Back With Bears Next Season

With Trestman reported to be out, Mike Shanahan’s name has surfaced.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2014

Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Preview: Bears-Lions

Will the Bears switch to Jimmy Clausen spark their stalled offense?

CBS Chicago–12/20/2014

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson catches a touchdown pass in front of Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller in Detroit's 34-17 win Sunday at Ford Field. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Bears-Lions: 5 Matchups To Watch

As always, flanking Detroit’s Calvin Johnson will be tough.

CBS Chicago–12/19/2014

Wild Card Playoffs - Detroit Lions v New Orleans Saints

Bears-Saints: 5 Matchups To Watch

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham will be a handful for the Bears defense on Monday.

CBS Chicago–12/12/2014

Mel Tucker (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images).

Bears Notes: Amid Noise, Tucker Keeps Focus On Saints

Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker hasn’t had discussions on his job status.

CBS Chicago–12/11/2014

Jon Bostic. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Linebacker Shuffle Continues For Bears

With D.J. Williams on IR, Jon Bostic slides to the middle. But should he?

CBS Chicago–12/11/2014

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent — New Orleans Saints

The Saints’ disappointing season has prompted changes in New Orleans.

CBS Chicago–12/10/2014

Marc Trestman. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Trestman Addresses Tucker, Cutler Reports

Big-picture decisions loom for the Bears.

CBS Chicago–12/08/2014

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

Durkin: No Offense, Bears (Part Two)

We take a closer look at some of the reasons why the Bears offense has regressed in 2014.

CBS Chicago–12/08/2014

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall is helped off the field Thursday after being injured in a loss to the Cowboys. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Brandon Marshall Has Two Fractured Ribs, Injured Lung

Marshall has been ruled out of a Dec. 15 game against the Saints.

CBS Chicago–12/05/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears’ White Flag Has Been Raised

Same story, different week for the Bears.

CBS Chicago–12/05/2014

Robbie Gould. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Bears-Cowboys: Gould, Ratliff Inactive

Full list of inactives for tonight’s Bears-Cowboys game.

CBS Chicago–12/04/2014

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Preview: Bears-Cowboys

Dallas has much to play for. Chicago? Not so much.

CBS Chicago–12/04/2014

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Bears-Cowboys: 5 Matchups To Watch

There are plenty of ties between these two teams. Here are 5 matchups to focus on.

CBS Chicago–12/04/2014

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