KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) _ An eye doctor examined Rick Mirer's right eye Monday and gave the Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback permission to practice this week.

''It's nothing,'' Mirer said after being examined by an ophthalmologist. ''It's not that big a deal. It's not even a problem.''

''His eye is OK,'' coach Tom Flores added. ''By the time we landed last night, he was able to see out of it with no problem.''

Mirer left the Seahawks' 17-14 victory over New England on Sunday in Foxboro, Mass., with a third-quarter eye injury. Mirer had trouble seeing out of his right eye after Patriots defensive end Mike Pitts clawed Mirer's face while pass rushing.

Mirer will practice this week - beginning Wednesday - with a face shield. He said he may wear the shield next Sunday when the Seahawks (1-2) play at Cincinnati (0-3).

''I don't want to but I think I'm supposed to,'' Mirer said.

''He'll be able to do everything this week,'' Flores said.

Mirer said it was the first time he'd had an eye injury in his football career. Mirer, from Notre Dame, was the second player picked in April's draft.

''In effect, I got punched in the eye,'' he said. ''It was a fluke.''