Florida State's Ponder Still Idled with Arm Injury

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Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Florida State has returned to the
practice field to prepare for its Dec. 31 Chick Fil A Bowl game
against South Carolina, but without quarterback Christian Ponder.

Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said Tuesday that Ponder would
resume practice Dec. 26 in anticipation of playing against the
Gamecocks. Ponder battled an arm injury for much of the season
while leading the Seminoles to a 9-3 record. He was held out of the
Dec. 4 Atlantic Coast Conference title game after the injury flared
up after a 31-7 win over Florida.

Sophomore EJ Manuel, who is 4-2 as a starter as Ponder's backup,
will take all the first-team snaps the next 10 days.

Fisher also said junior running back Jermaine Thomas would
resume practicing Thursday.

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