After getting four starts in his first season with the Washington Redskins, Colt McCoy's season came to an end on Tuesday when the quarterback was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.
Against the St. Louis Rams in Week 14, McCoy suffered a neck injury in the fourth quarter when he was sacked by defensive end Robert Quinn. Seven days later, he started against the New York Giants, but aggravated the injury and was removed after just 13 snaps.
"It's frustrating, very frustrating," McCoy told reporters Tuesday. "I spent a lot of time with the doctors yesterday and I knew I was battling through some things with my neck and I was really trying to give it everything that I had."
A look at the highlights of quarterback Colt McCoy's first season with the Washington Redskins, which included wins over the Titans and Cowboys.
The Texas-product appeared in five games this year – with four starts – and his 2014 campaign will always be remembered for the Redskins' Week 8 overtime victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. In that contest, McCoy threw for 299 yards and had one rushing touchdown in front of a stunned crowd in Arlington, Texas.
McCoy believes that there will be no long term effects from his neck injury, adding that he doesn't expect much of a recovery process. The fifth-year quarterback believes that a couple weeks of rest will heal the injury.
Unfortunately, that means the end of his season, and it ends when McCoy was beginning to find a rhythm.
"I felt like I was feeling more comfortable and seeing the field a whole lot better with every snap that I took," he said. "To have it end like that is a really hard pill to swallow."
As the team prepares for the final two weeks of the season, McCoy will be doing his part to prepare his teammates for their home games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.
"I'm going to continue to be a great teammate," he said. "I want to be a part of it and feel like I can make a difference. I just hope that our team can finish these next two weeks strong."
One of his teammates, fellow quarterback Kirk Cousins, said that McCoy has been a leader in the quarterback room, adding that Robert Griffin III and he have commonly turned to McCoy for guidance.
"He's had a lot of experience and he's been other places and Robert and I have only been here," Cousins said. "I think Colt has some valuable experience that we both try to learn from."
Perhaps no one understands the up-and-down ride better than Cousins. In the three years since being drafted 102nd overall in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Cousins has started nine games, but he's also spent several Sundays on the team's inactive list.
With Griffin III expected to start Saturday and McCoy going to the IR, Cousins will now step into the No. 2 spot on the depth chart at quarterback. Cousins started five consecutive games this season from Week 3 to Week 7, but has been a regular on the inactive list since then.
Now moved into the backup role, Cousins believes that all the moving around is just part of the game. And while he may stand on the sidelines at kickoff, he knows that he's just one play away from getting another opportunity.
"It's part of that roller coaster that is the NFL," he said. "I can't say I'm surprised by it all. I just need to learn from my mistakes and get better and be ready for my next opportunity whenever it may come, but I know that when my time comes I need to take advantage of it and run with it."