ATLANTA -- Charlie Ward's return to the Florida State basketball team will be put off a few days, Seminoles coach Pat Kennedy said during yesterday's Atlantic Coast Conference weekly teleconference.
The Heisman Trophy quarterback and starting point guard was expected back for Florida State's game against Maryland a week from tonight in College Park, but now it appears he won't play until a week from Saturday against North Carolina State.
Ward's return was delayed by a bruised left shoulder suffered in the Seminoles' 18-16 Orange Bowl win over Nebraska. Ward was sacked five times and was the victim of late hits on a couple of other occasions.
"It's nothing serious," said Kennedy. "He just needs more time."
Ward is not expected to practice until Friday at the earliest, and probably won't go all out until early next week.
Last year, Ward came back earlier than anticipated because the Seminoles were struggling with their cohesiveness.
Kennedy kidded that even though Ward won't be in Charlottesville, Va., for tonight's ACC opener against Virginia, "I'm going to bring Charlie's Heisman Trophy."