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Texans invite Sims-Walker to minicamp

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ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Mike Sims-Walker #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a catch against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. Jacksonville won 36-26. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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He wasn’t signed after a recent workout, but he’ll get a second chance to make a first impression.

Or something.

Veteran receiver Mike Sims-Walker will participate in the Texans’ mandatory minicamp on a tryout basis, according to Terrance Harris of SportsRadio 610 in Houston.

He looked pretty good,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday. “Obviously jumping out here in this heat we are having right now is pretty tough. Thought he did some pretty good things but we will go back and look at the tape and all the periods and see how he did. It gives us three days to evaluate.”

The Texans have only two receivers who have ever played in a regular-season NFL game: Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter.

The Texans kicked Sims-Walker’s tired on May 30, the same day they looked at running back Justin Forsett, who has since signed with the team.

Sims-Walker had a solid season for the Jags in 2009, but they opted not to apply a restricted free agency tender to him in 2011. He signed with the Rams, eventually was cut, returned to the Jaguars, and landed on injured reserve.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Sims-Walker said of his debut, via comments distributed by the team. “I haven’t played football since we played here [with] Jacksonville in October. I’m just trying to knock this rust off. It’s easy to go out here and train by yourself but you’ve got two or three guys in front of you and there’s different movements and different cuts, so I’m just trying to get adjusted.”

The Texans also are looking at veteran fullback Moran Norris, who would help replace the man who was “shocked” to be dumped earlier this year.