TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Having already matched last year's six regular-season wins, No. 16 Florida State has an open date that will give Christian Ponder time to heal his injured throwing arm before a trip to North Carolina State.
Ponder finds himself again spending more time in the training room than at practice after suffering a ruptured bursa sack in his elbow early in Saturday's 24-19 win over Boston College.
The senior quarterback is wearing a compression sleeve for the third time this season, once on his leg and now for a second time on his right arm.
Ponder said Tuesday he won't throw until Saturday at the earliest to allow the swelling to go down.
"He'd probably have a hard time playing because of the injury" if the Seminoles had a game Saturday, said Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher. "It (bye week) really came at a perfect time."
Florida State plays at North Carolina State on Oct. 28.
Fisher also said starting guard David Spurlock is out indefinitely after suffering a second concussion this season in the Boston College game.
Ponder said everyone needed the break in the schedule after playing seven consecutive weeks.
"It's big for us to step away, get a mental break from football," Ponder said. "For me personally, it's huge."
Despite the nagging injuries, Ponder has completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 1,187 yards and a dozen touchdowns although he's also thrown seven interceptions. He's improved his record to 19-10 as a starter, tying former quarterback Danny McManus for seventh all-time in career victories at Florida State.
Ponder also has been slowed this season by injuries ranging from a bruised triceps on his right throwing shoulder to a bad contusion on his right leg.
"It gets frustrating sometimes, but it's football," Ponder said. "It comes with the territory from playing a physical game."
Florida State (6-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) sits in the drivers' seat in the ACC's Atlantic Division, a game ahead of N.C. State and Maryland and at least two games in front of the other schools in its division.
A win over the Wolfpack (5-2, 2-1) next week would leave the Seminoles in a favorable spot to make it back to the ACC title game for the first time since they last won the league championship in 2005.
"It's important for us to figure out how to handle it, handle the success," Ponder said. "It is a positive that we do control our own destiny but we've got to handle it the right way."