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Florida State Seminoles' Christian Ponder's ailing elbow improving

Florida State Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said quarterback Christian Ponder's right elbow is "progressing very nicely'' after he had it drained on Monday. It's the second time Ponder has had it drained since he first injured the bursa sac against Boston College.

"It's happened already this year once,'' he said during the ACC weekly teleconference. "We've kind of been through it. We kind of know what to expect a little bit.''

At that time, Fisher didn't know if Ponder would practice later today but was optimistic.

"There's a very solid chance because I think they were going by the amount of fluid drained daily,'' he said. "It's came way down, extremely way down, to where it's almost nonexistent.

When they say that happens, he would be released to go back on the field just like he was before. I'm hoping for that. If not, we'll move on with EJ (Manuel) with this practice and make a judgment tomorrow.''

Fisher stressed that there's no structural damage to the elbow, which Ponder re-injured on Saturday against North Carolina; at least not that have shown up on MRIs. He said it's just an issue of fluid building up that causes tightness.

Florida State Seminoles' Christian Ponder's ailing elbow improving 11/10/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 3:25pm]
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