Tracy Morgan is still struggling to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash over five months ago, and it’s uncertain if he will be “the Tracy Morgan he once was,” his lawyer told a New Jersey courtroom on Tuesday, NBC News reports.
“He’s fighting to get better, and if there’s a chance for him to be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was, he’s going to try to do that,” the lawyer, Benedict Morelli, told the court, according to NBC. “But we just don’t know because of the severity of the injuries that he sustained and the fact that he had such a severe brain injury.”
Lawyers were in court for a scheduling conference in Morgan’s lawsuit against Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., whose truck was involved in the June 7 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike with the actor’s tour bus. The former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star suffered a traumatic brain injury, in addition to a broken leg, nose and ribs.
Morelli didn’t discuss specific aspects of Morgan’s condition but said he hasn’t fully recovered, according to the Associated Press.
“When you have a traumatic brain injury it takes a very long time to find out how you’re going to do and how much you’re going to recover,” Morelli said, according to the AP. “You just don’t know. So that’s where he is. He’s still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he’s just not better. We’re hoping and praying to get him back to where he was. But the jury’s out.”
Morgan, who postponed filming a comedy series for FX Network after crash, did not attend the hearing, the AP says.