Our sources inform us that Florida State Quarterback Christian Ponder is done for the year. He apparently played in last night's Clemson game with multiple broken ribs, which clearly affected his throwing. After making a tackle on Clemson's Deandre McDaniel, Ponder suffered a Level 3 Shoulder Separation. Our resident physician detailed shoulder separations here. Read that link for an explanation on shoulder separations, but here's a tidbit on grade 3 separations:
Grade III: The AC and Coracoclavicular ligaments are both torn. The end of the clavicle is raised 5mm.
In general, Grade III and higher separations require surgery. Depending on the type of individual, some Grade III injuries may be managed medically. Surgery typically involves an open procedure (meaning not arthroscopic) to repair the damaged ligaments and structures. This can either be done with various devices screwed across the joint. Patients will remain in a sling for approximately 2 weeks, after which rehab will begin. If a non-absorbent screw is used, it will be removed 6 weeks after the original surgery.
Ponder was having a great season. He ends the year as the ACC's top rated passer. Ponder was considered a 2nd or 3rd round draft choice, however this injury means he will definitely return for his senior season.
As for Florida State's bowl hopes, they are in serious jeopardy. Florida State will start redshirt freshman E.J. Manuel, one of the top quarterback recruits in the 2008 class. Florida State plays at Wake Forest this weekend, before returning home for Maryland and then ending the season in the Swamp against the Florida Gators.