Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder returned to practice Saturday
afternoon, and, according to head coach Jimbo Fisher, the results were
Ponder injured the bursa sac in his throwing elbow during last week's win over
Boston College. He had not thrown since that game, but Fisher said that the
fifth-year signal-caller went through a number of drills during Saturday's
practice session, which was treated like a typical Monday practice.
The bursa sac is the latest in a number of nagging injuries that Ponder has
dealt with this season. Fisher, however, was extremely pleased with what he saw
out of Ponder's return.
"I was shocked as well as he did throw it," Fisher said. "I was thinking the
first day back might be (tough) ? He went out there and threw the ball well
In fact, Fisher noted that, had he not known beforehand, it might have been
tough to tell that Ponder was even injured at all.
"Maybe just a hair. Just a twinge, but not a great deal," Fisher said. "I mean,
just a little. You can tell a little bit, because I knew specifically (that
Ponder was injured). But he was throwing posts, goes."
Ponder, who has thrown for 1,187 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, was
limited to situational drills on Saturday, but Fisher said that Sunday "should
be" a normal practice, with the quarterback participating as he normally would.
And judging by Saturday's apparent results, Ponder ought to be up to the task.
"It's good," Fisher said. "We expected to go some today and then tomorrow would
be really hard, but he went out there today, and, shoot, he threw all kind of
balls. Threw downfield, threw deep. Did everything."