Posted by Tom Fornelli
This week's game against Clemson is a big one for Florida State. The Seminoles have dropped their last two games to North Carolina and North Carolina State, but still find themselves in first place in the ACC's Atlantic division. Still, a third straight loss could drop them as far back as fourth in the division, and kill just about any chance of winning the ACC.
So it would be nice if quarterback Christian Ponder could play on Saturday, but even though he's returned to practice, Ponder is still listed as questionable on the injury report. Ponder has returned to practice, and though he's been somewhat limited there, Jimbo Fisher seems optimistic that his quarterback will be available.
“He did some,” said Fisher. “I didn’t want to take a chance, so we limited what he did. What we’re doing right now, he feels very good about. He took some reps and did some things but we limited what he did as far as numbers. I didn’t want the day after to be a bear. I think he’ll feel good. I really do. …
“We’ll have to see how [Friday] goes. But I expect him to be even better. There’s hardly [any fluid] in there now. The rest has helped a lot. That’s as good as anything with any injury. You watch it in the NFL. If you really evaluate the quarterbacks, they probably practice like once-a-week once they start getting banged and bruised. They’re already in a rhythm this late in the year with what they’re doing, throwing and reading.”
If Ponder's throwing elbow flares up and he can't go on Saturday, he'll be replaced by E.J. Manuel.