Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it's uncertain if he will be "the Tracy Morgan he once was," his lawyer said yesterday. Benedict Morelli said the former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star suffered a traumatic brain injury in the June 7 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, in addition to a broken leg, nose, and ribs. "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," Morelli said. "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 in New Jersey for a scheduling conference in Morgan's lawsuit against Walmart, whose truck was involved in the crash. Morgan wasn't at the proceeding, and Morelli didn't discuss specific aspects of Morgan's condition; he had said in August that the comedian was "still struggling." "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. "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."