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Injured finger sidelines backup QB

Florida State backup quarterback E.J. Manuel will miss the rest of spring football with a compound dislocation of his right index finger, a school spokesman said Tuesday.

The Seminoles started spring practice on Monday, and Manuel had surgery afterward that required four stitches.

The medical staff is taking extra precautions not only because Manuel is a quarterback and the injury is to his throwing hand, but he is expected to return for summer camp.

Manuel's absence will hurt the depth at the position this spring, and considering he is a redshirt freshman who hasn't thrown a collegiate pass yet, the spring would have provided valuable practice time.

The staff had anticipated a strong competition between Manuel, who was offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher's first hand-picked quarterback recruit, and starting quarterback Christian Ponder.

Now, sophomore Corey Eddinger is taking most of the No. 2 reps, but Ponder said his new backup looks "a little nervous."

"I've got to take a lot more reps, but we've got three walk-ons," Ponder said. "Coach Fisher is working them in. ... They've got a good opportunity to really improve and I think they realize that .. They need to relax a bit, but they're doing pretty good."

Heather Dinich covers college football for ESPN.com.