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Concussion symptoms to keep Conrad out of Saturday's game

The Wizards confirmed that defender Jimmy Conrad won't play in Saturday's season finale against San Jose at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Conrad missed last Saturday's game at New England due to a concussion he suffered during practice last week. He's being held out as a precaution.

"My MRI looked good and I killed the Base Line test but I still have a little buzz that has yet to subside, which may or may not be sinus-related, so as a precaution," Conrad wrote in an e-mail, "and for the fact that I won't have to head a ball until next pre-season, I don't think I will be playing this weekend."

A base line test is used to evaluate the severity of concussions a player suffers.

Midfielder Ryan Smith, who is away from the team for personal reasons, is expected to miss the game too. The Wizards already will be without midfielder Stephane Auvray who is on national team duty with Guadeloupe. Forward Teal Bunbury (knee sprain) and defender Michael Harrington (calf strain) are dealing with minor injuries.

Expect Matt Besler to replace Conrad, Josh Wolff to step in for Smith and Jewsbury will move into the center of the park with Craig Rocastle replacing Auvray as the ball-winning midfielder.

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