FSU's Jermaine Thomas returns to practice

FSU tailback Jermaine Thomas, who has been out since suffering a right knee sprain of the lateral collateral ligament against Clemson, returned to practice on Thursday, according to the team's practice report. Thomas missed three games and wore a blue non-contact jersey today.

“It felt good,” Thomas said, according to the report. “The knee really didn’t give me any problem; didn’t feel any pain or anything. I’m excited to be back out there and be part of the team again.”

“He was running good in drills,” coach Jimbo Fisher said in the report. “He didn’t get hit, but he did some good things.”

FSU quarterback Christian Ponder, who had surgery on Friday to repair soft tissue damage in his right arm, is expected to return to practice when the Seminoles arrive in Atlanta for their first on-site bowl workout at Georgia Tech on Dec. 26.