For the first time since beating the San Antonio Spurs in their fourth game of the season on Nov. 4, the Washington Wizards played with 13 available players Monday against the Boston Celtics. It didn’t last long.

Bradley Beal left the contest, a 116-91 Wizards loss, with 8 minutes 3 seconds left in the second quarter after receiving a forearm to the face from Celtics guard Marcus Smart. Blood gushed from Beal’s nose as he walked off to the locker room with a trainer. He was initially ruled questionable to return but was ruled out a little later after scoring four points in just nine minutes.

Beal didn’t travel with the team to Toronto for its meeting with the Raptors on Tuesday, and Wizards Coach Randy Wittman said Beal was slated to go through the NBA’s concussion protocol.

“We get one back, lose another guy,” Wizards guard John Wall said. “That’s the toughest part.”

The setback is just the latest for Beal, who has had injuries mar his professional career. In his fourth season, the 22-year-old guard has missed three games because of a left shoulder, 16 because of a stress reaction in his right fibula, and one to rest on the second of a back-to-back set to avoid overworking the fibula.

Monday was Beal’s fifth game since returning from the fibula injury. He came off the bench again, but expected to ramp up his minutes over the next week and eventually return to the starting lineup. Now, he may sidelined for an extended period of time again and the Wizards will need to continue relying on Garrett Temple, who has started 23 games this season.

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The Wizards are back in action Tuesday to face the one other team they haven’t been able to figure out this season: the Toronto Raptors. Washington has lost seven straight games to Toronto  over the last two regular seasons, a streak that bookends the Wizards’ four-game playoff sweep of the Raptors last spring.

The Raptors own the Eastern Conference’s second-best record at 29-15, 2.5 games behind the first-place Cleveland Cavaliers, and are coming of a 112-94 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.