While former "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan has reportedly been making steady progress in his recovery from a devastating June 7 car crash that left him with a broken leg, nose and ribs, on Tuesday (November 18), the comedian's lawyer said the situation is still very grave.
In fact, lawyer Benedict Morelli revealed that Morgan suffered a traumatic brain injury in the New Jersey Turnpike crash in which a Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of a limo van carrying Morgan and several friends back from a gig in Delaware.
"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, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "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."
Morgan was moved to a rehabilitation facility in late June to begin his cognitive and physical therapy from the injuries. His friend and fellow comedian, Jimmy McNair, was killed in the crash and three others were left in critical condition.
Morelli made his comments as lawyers met in court on Tuesday for a scheduling conference in Morgan's lawsuit against Wal-Mart; Morgan was not present at the meeting.
While Morelli didn't go into specifics about Morgan's condition or recovery, he did say that the actor had not fully recovered.
"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."
Wal-Mart has filed a counter-suit claiming that the victims' injuries were partly caused by their failure to wear seat belts. The Wal-Mart driver, Kevin Roper, isn't named in Morgan's lawsuit, but was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in state court.