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Christian Ponder to return to practice on time

Posted on: December 21, 2010 11:03 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder had the second surgery on his throwing elbow last week, and generally when you have two surgeries on the same elbow within a month, it tends to put your ability to play in a football game in doubt for a few weeks.  Which is where Florida State and Ponder currently find themselves only ten days away from taking on South Carolina in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

There is some good news for the Seminoles, however, as after Ponder had the second surgery the hope was that he'd be able to return to practice a few days before the game, and that would increase his chances of playing.  According to a release by the school on Monday, it seems that Ponder is on track to return to practice next week.

“We’ll probably let him throw some a bit the next three or four days before he goes up there, then turn him loose on the 26th and see what happens,” said Jimbo Fisher in a school release.

Ponder had a protective brace removed from his arm on Monday as well.

Should Ponder not be able to play in the game, E.J.Manuel -- who has taken the majority of reps in practice -- would once again get the start.  Still, even though Manuel has had more practice, you have to think that if Ponder can play and wants to, Fisher will start Ponder.  He is a senior, after all, and nobody wants to spend the final game of their college career in a baseball cap on the sideline.

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Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:09 pm

Christian Ponder to return to practice on time

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Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2010 1:49 pm

Christian Ponder to return to practice on time

I'm just wondering if it would be worth it to risk an injury to Ponder's elbow to finish out his college career.  Those types of injuries do not heal quickly, and one hit could damage Ponder's excellent chance of playing with the big boys in the NFL.  I think Ponder is definitely strides above EJ Manuel, but Fisher should think about Ponder's future rather than his short term success as a college quarterback.  At this point, I would definitely sit Ponder and ride my new quarterback into the 2011 season.  Win or lose, FSU has begun to turn itself around as a competitor in the ACC.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2010 12:36 pm

Christian Ponder to return to practice on time

I like the future prospect for E.J. Manuel as the starter.  However, a healthy Ponder, gives the Noles the best chance to win in this game against the Gamecocks.  Going up against a Spurrier coached team, in a bowl game, you want to have the most experience and poise possible in you quarterback.  Manuel will be that guy with Fisher's tutelage.  It is just not that time right now.

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