"It was a pass," insists the Frenchman.
Even so there are still firsts.
Under the sanctions, Russian sportsmen and women will still be allowed to compete at the Olympics next year and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, but only as neutrals and if they can demonstrate that they were not part of what WADA believes was a state-sponsored system of doping.
"And it's six weeks apart, so they're not really helping each other in terms of marketing, in terms of the value of the event."
If the 49ers (12-3) win, they'll clinch the NFC West title and earn the conference's No.1 seed for the playoffs, and the first-round bye that comes with it. If they lose, they'll be a wild-card team and start the playoffs on the road.
Jones' two TDs bring his season total to 16 on the ground which is the second most in franchise history behind Hall of Famer Jim Taylor, who finished with 19 in 1962.
Yasutaka Uchiyama also withdrew from the event earlier this week, with Toshihide Matsui called up instead.
When Sue Barker won the Roland Garros women's title in 1976 she became Britain's most recent champion in Paris - or did she?
Salford welcome Crewe Alexandra to Moor Lane this year and the fans will hope for a win once the action kicks off. Elsewhere, there is more history being made. Aston Villa host Norwich City on Boxing Day for what will be their 100th fixture played on the Feast of Stephen. Only two teams have played more games on December 26th, local rivals West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
"That said, I think they are wrong and missing the contribution Lewis Hamilton and the sport has made for GB Plc globally over many years."
Milan coach Stefano Pioli, whose team conceded four goals in the last 30 minutes, admitted: "We got everything wrong from the start."
Players of Mexican football club Veracruz went on strike in the opening minutes of a league game, allowing grateful opponents Tigres to walk in two goals unchallenged.