Avulsions or distal transsections of the flexor digitorum profundus tendon are typically repaired by direct suture of tendon to the distal phalanx. The tensile properties of tendon-to-bone repairs performed in cadaver fingers using 3 common suture patterns, the Bunnell, the Kessler, and the Kleinert techniques, were compared; 3-0 Prolene (monofilament) suture was used. Repairs done using the Kessler pattern had an average yield force of 30 N, compared to 39 N for the Bunnell and Kleinert patterns. Although these average yield forces were greater than that required for active digital flexion, considerable elongation (average, 8 mm) was measured at a force of 20 N. Data indicated that the safety factor achieved with these repair methods is lower than that achieved with modern tendon-to-tendon repair methods. The authors conclude that the common tendon-to-bone repair techniques are insufficient to withstand the higher forces associated with controlled passive and active motion rehabilitation methods that are currently advocated.