Practice notes: Late return for Wilder

August, 18, 2012
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One day after arriving to practice with his right arm in a sling, James Wilder Jr. was absent from early workouts Saturday.

Turns out, however, it was little more than a hefty dose of NyQuil that had Wilder sidelined this time.

The sophomore running back suffered a mild shoulder strain in Thursday's scrimmage, but the injury is causing Wilder more problems at night than it is during practice.

"He took some NyQuil to help him sleep and reduce the pain a little bit, and he overslept," head coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We had to send somebody [to wake him up]."

Wilder slept through his alarm, but he still managed to make it to practice in time for the bulk of the day's workouts with few problems.

When he arrived about 25 minutes late, the sling was gone, but Wilder was wearing a blue non-contact jersey. It was simply a precaution following a particularly grueling scrimmage two days earlier, Fisher said.

"He got out here to practice and took every rep, we just kept him in a blue jersey so he wasn't getting contact," Fisher said. "But that was just from how he ran [Thursday]."

Upon further review

After reviewing the tape of Thursday's scrimmage, Fisher said he was even more pleased with the performance of his offensive line than he'd been watching the workouts live.

The starting unit of Cameron Erving, Josue Matias, Bryan Stork, Tre' Jackson and Menelik Watson opened good running lanes and provided solid pass protection during the scrimmage, with the tape showing the group winning a majority of the battles against FSU's starting defensive line.

"I was very pleased with the way we blocked, the way we moved people, displaced people," Fisher said. "They're blocking good players. It's much better than we've ever had around here. The size and the holes and the seams inside are much better. Just running the ball in general. I was pleased."

Manuel still sore

Quarterback EJ Manuel showed few obvious signs of a sore ankle that kept him out of Thursday's scrimmage, but Fisher said the senior was still hurting Saturday.

"You can see it every now and then when he flips it," Fisher said. "But I think another couple of days, it'll be out of there. It's a very minimal thing."

Manuel took every rep Friday and during Saturday's morning session of two-a-days, and it was only on a handful of longer throws that Fisher noticed any problems related to the ankle, which was rolled by a lineman during Wednesday's practice.

"He threw a couple balls high, and that came from the push-off foot," Fisher said. "For the most part, he had a pretty good day."

Team trainers encouraged Manuel to continue to practice while the ankle heals, however, and he remains on target to be 100 percent well in advance of the season opener on Sept. 1.

"[The trainers] think moving it would be better than resting it, just getting the soreness out," Fisher said.

Goldman's good

Freshman defensive tackle Eddie Goldman spent a second straight practice on the sidelines, largely doing limited individual work, but Fisher said the five-star recruit should be back quickly.

Goldman suffered a minor knee strain during Thursday's scrimmage, but Fisher believes it won't keep the freshman out of practice for more than a couple of days.

"Just an MCL, a little strain," Fisher said. "We don't think there's anything wrong. Another day or two and he should be fine. That's the prognosis I got."

Extra points

• Fisher said offensive lineman Garrett Faircloth is sidelined with a shoulder injury.

• Defensive backs Colin Blake and Terrence Brooks were in noncontact jerseys for practice, but both have participated in all workouts and in Thursday's scrimmage.

• Right tackle Daniel Glauser appeared to be a full participant in Saturday's morning practice after being sidelined with a foot injury earlier in the week.

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