Tracy Morgan's career as we know it may be over. The comic's lawyer revealed back in October that Tracy's injuries following a deadly June limo crash with a Walmart truck left him with a debilitating brain injury that may prevent him from ever performing again. On Tuesday, his lawyer gave another update on his progress, saying that he is "fighting to get better" but that he may never fully recover:
"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. 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. 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. 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."
A comedy series that Tracy had been working on for FX has been put on hold. He may also be unable to do any press for his latest film, Top Five, which hits theaters on Dec. 5. The project, starring Chris Rock, won rave reviews when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Back in October, Tracy responded to Walmart's claim that he and the other passengers were partly to blame for their injuries because they allegedly hadn't been wearing seat belts. He said in a statement, "After I heard what Walmart said in court, I felt I had to speak out. I can't believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I'm fighting hard every day to get back." Tracy filed a lawsuit against Walmart in July, claiming that the company's truck driver was not abiding by traffic laws and was being pushed to drive for long hours. The driver, Kevin Roper, was also charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto.