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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said most of the fluid has been drained from quarterback Christian Ponder's elbow, but he's still not sure if Ponder will be able to practice today. Ponder was examined again around noon today, and his status for Saturday's game against Clemson remains uncertain.
"There's a chance he could practice today," Fisher said. "There is a very solid chance. They're going by the amount of fluid that's drained from it daily. It came way down, I mean extremely way down, to where it's almost nonexistent to a point. They said when that happens he'll be released to go on the field just like he was before. I'm hoping for that. If not, we'll move on with E.J. [Manuel] and practice with him and make a judgment tomorrow."
Fisher said there's no structural or ligament damage to Ponder's elbow, but the fluid builds up the tightness.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said the Seminoles' uncertainty at quarterback isn't changing the way they're preparing for Saturday's key game.
"We're just preparing for what they do offensively, because it's not going to matter who's under center," Swinney said. "They're going to do what they do, regardless. They're similar players in that regard."
Swinney would know: He faced Manuel last year after Ponder injured his shoulder trying to tackle safety DeAndre McDaniel.
"I think this is the best offense we've played all year," Swinney said. "He's the starter for a reason, but Manuel is a very good player and is just waiting his time. If he plays this week, they're not going to change what they do or become something different. We have to prepare for what we've seen."
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